Find the Best Child Psychologists in Portland, OR

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According to Mental Health America's 2016 edition of the State of Mental Health in America, the state of Oregon is ranked 49th in youth mental health care. This ranking suggests that young people in Oregon experience a high prevalence of mental health issues coupled with low rates of access to care. With this information in mind, parents in Oregon may choose to find a child psychiatrist in Portland. Psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and child psychologists in Portland offer child counseling services that may help affected children and families manage mental health issues issues and improve their overall wellness and health.

Therapy for a child - when provided by a qualified child psychologist or child psychiatrist - may help children who experience adverse mental, emotional, or behavioral conditions. Young people of all ages may benefit from treatment. But how can you tell if you need to seek child counseling services? Some signs that your child may benefit from seeing a child psychologist in Portland may include:

  • Displays of excessive anger
  • Learning or attention issues at home or school
  • Acting as a bully toward other children
  • Being bullied by other children
  • Avoidance of social groups or activities
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Loss of interest in hobbies
  • Evidence of substance dependence
  • School absenteeism
  • A sharp drop in academic performance

Psychologists and other mental health professionals in Portland have received training to help young people better understand the issues they face and implement effective strategies to relieve negative cognitions, emotions, and behaviors. For infants, toddlers, and younger children, a child psychologist in Portland may employ child therapy techniques that are grounded in art therapy, play therapy, and parent-child interactive therapy. Older children and teenagers may also benefit from modalities.

References:

  1. Nguyen, T., Davis, K., Counts, N. & Fritze, D. (2016). The state of mental health in america. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/sites/default/files/2016%20MH%20in%20America%20FINAL.pdf
  2. Seattle Children's Hospital. (2013). Taking your child to a therapist. Retrieved from http://www.seattlechildrens.org/kids-health/parents/emotions-and-behavior/feelings-and-emotions/taking-your-child-to-a-therapist/