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New Milford Child Therapist

Counseling and Therapy for Children

New Milford Child Therapist

New Milford Child Therapist

At Mars & Venus Counseling Center, we provide comprehensive counseling and therapy for children and adults. Our New Milford child therapist specializes in counseling and coaching for adults, teenagers, kids and families. We offer convenient day, weekend and nighttime hours as well as counseling for couples and those who are suffering from substance abuse. Getting the help you need is the first step to living a more comfortable life and being free of anxiety and depression through therapy.

Our counseling and therapy for children is done in a safe and quiet atmosphere. Many children and teens encounter psychological and emotional distress due to many different factors. Social pressures can also cause adjustment and emotional problems. Low self-esteem, depression, social anxiety and behavioral problems can all cause teens to feel pressured. Parents especially need to connect with their teens around this time, as this is critical to helping them feel supported. Individual or adolescent therapy is the best route for teens to understand their turmoil and for parents to know how to help them through this rocky road. Family therapy helps individuals learn more effective ways to communicate and interact so that they can resolve conflicts.

Our counseling techniques are either centered around counseling the individual by themselves in sessions or by having group sessions with family members. There can also be a mix of individual and group sessions led by our New Milford child therapist. We explore family roles, the root of emotional upheaval, and rules for re-learning behavior patterns that help us identify issues that are causing conflicts. Strengths and weaknesses are talked about and worked on to better help each member of the family do their job and learn to communicate with one another. For more information on how Mars & Venus can help you and your family find peace and solace in therapy, call us today. Our staff is on hand to answer questions and schedule appointments.

Mars & Venus
691 Cedar Lane
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
(201) 467-4173

Teaneck Child Counseling

Expert kids counselor in Teaneck

Teaneck Child Counseling

Teaneck Child Counseling

Childhood can be a trying and confusing time for both the young child and its parents. The stresses on the child only grow stronger as it ages into adolescence and the teen years. Teaneck child counseling at our Mars & Venus Counseling Center has been aiding children and families as they face the many difficult problems associated with growth, behavior and relationship development. Our counseling center helps patients with a wide variety of issues and problems from relationship issues to family problems to addiction to grief counseling to depression to self-esteem issues and more. Our expertly trained staff includes counselors that specialize in these various areas.

Our Teaneck child counseling center offers individual specialized counseling services with expertise in varying symptoms and diagnosis to meet the needs of young people. Whether it is a behavioral issue or trouble building relationships, low self-esteem or body image issues our center employs counselors who have extensive training in working with young children, even those that are not highly verbal or maybe introverted. There are also counselors who have a great deal of experience working with teenage clients whose issues may stem from peer interactions, relationships, sexual issues or confusion, body image, bullying or authority issues and family relationships. The teenage years are a critical time for most developing young adults and during this time many teens turn to their peers or social media for guidance, which may not be the place parents want them to turn. Often when parents have a hard time reaching their adolescent children our counselors can offer them a trusting adult to turn to.

Our Teaneck child counseling center offers young peoples’ therapy in individual sessions with just the child and the counselor or as a family therapy session. Often we may start with just the child, or the child and parents separately and then turn to a family therapy setting later in the process. Having the family together during counseling is beneficial because it can help resolve any issues that exist between the parents and child or among siblings. Family sessions work well with teenage clients because the therapist can help establish a dialogue between the members of the family, especially the teen and parents, preventing discussions from automatically turning into arguments before the issues are settled. If your child is having trouble socially, behaviorally or in school bring them by our counseling center where they can be evaluated in a stress-free setting.

691 Cedar Lane,
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
(201) 467-4173

ADHD Counselor in Teaneck

Teaneck ADHD Counseling

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD, is a highly common disorder that affects many people, children, teenagers, and adults alike. Here at Mars & Venus, our ADHD counselor in Teaneck has helped many patients learn about tools and strategies they can use to best manage their ADHD symptoms, and to keep their disorder from taking control of their lives. The symptoms associated with ADHD can be broken down into three main groups: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Some examples of specific symptoms to be aware of include: difficulty paying attention for extended periods of time, inability to hold attention long enough to complete tasks or activities, difficulty finishing schoolwork or tasks at work like paperwork, frequent shifting from one activity to another, procrastination, disorganized work habits, constant forgetfulness in everyday life, such as missing appointments or deadlines, changing conversation topics often, difficulty listening to others, losing track of details, not following rules or social conventions, and more. If you are struggling with these kinds of symptoms and are looking for solutions, our ADHD counselor in Teaneck is here to help you. Here at Mars & Venus, we understand that treatment for ADHD and other complex disorders is never one-size-fit-all. We are here to personalize your treatment to your individual needs so that you will get the very most out of it. The first step is to schedule an appointment with our ADHD counselor in Teaneck so that we can get to know you and learn more about yoru specific symptoms. From there, we can start making real tangible changes that will help you through your everyday life.

If you would like to learn more about how our ADHD counselor in Teaneck can be of service to you, we highly recommend that you visit the main Mars & Venus website, which contains a wealth of additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns that we can help you with in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here directly. You can reach us by giving us a call at the office or sending us a message online. We look forward to working with you soon here at Mars & Venus.

ADHD Therapy in Teaneck NJ
691 Cedar Lane
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
(201) 467-4173

Child Rearing in Allendale, Bergen County, NJ

Morrisa Drobnick, LCSW, staff writer and advice columnist of “KIDS Magazine,” answers the following:

Q. I thought my husband would be different as a parent. I find myself disappointed in him a lot of the time. We seem to approach all aspects of parenting from different sides. We need some help on making this a partnership.

A. No matter how well-grounded a marriage is, disappointment can easily emerge in the transition to parenthood.

It’s important for you and your spouse to treat your different parenting styles as assets. Make sure you both communicate. When you feel tension, discuss it right away. Don’t let anger linger. Be easy on yourself and each other. Try to remember you are in this together. Enjoy your children together. Watch your spouse laugh and have fun with your children. Just as children grow, so does your relationship.

The child rearing years can be the biggest challenge to your partnership. If you make peace with this reality of parenting, you may unexpectedly find that you get your wish.

Mars & Venus Counseling Center is always here for you. Call us at 201-692-0508.



15 Tips to Prepare Siblings for the Baby’s Arrival

15 Tips to Prepare Siblings for the Baby’s Arrival – Bergen County, Northern, NJ
By Morrisa Drobnick, LCSW

The amount and time of preparation for a new baby depends upon whether your child likes to look forward to things or gets too impatient if told about things too soon. Do, however, start as soon as the child is able to recognize the pregnancy.

The following 15 tips are offered to help in the preparation of your child(ren) for this important event.

1. Present the new baby from a child’s point of view. Discuss that babies are cute, but they can also be a lot of trouble. They cry a lot, mess their diapers, spit up, and smell bad. They demand a lot of attention because they must be fed, bathed, diapered, etc. If and when the child feels left out or jealous, encourage him to go to you and talk about it. Let them know that you understand that it’s not easy to share.

2. If a move to a new room or bed is needed, do this as early as possible in the pregnancy, so the child has less reason to feel “shoved out” when the baby arrives.

3. Let the child share by participating in discussions of how the baby will be cared for, what things he will need, where he will sleep, etc. Let him help get things ready for the new baby. Include the child on shopping expeditions for baby. Whenever possible, let him pick out things for the baby.

4. Show the child picture books about new babies and, if possible, visit in a home that has an infant, so that he realizes this is not going to be an instant playmate.

5. Talk with the child about the advantages of either sex and the unpredictability of this, so he won’t have his heart set on one or the other.

6. Take the child along on at least one visit to the doctor’s office for a prenatal visit. Let him hear the baby’s heartbeat, for instance.

7. Tell the child about Mom and Dad’s going to the hospital in the middle of day or night, and that this is part of the unpredictability of a baby’s birth. He needs to know who will be caring for him at that time and during the remainder of the hospital stay.

8. Whenever possible, let children to visit Mom and the new baby while they are still in the hospital. Phoning frequently will also be a tremendous help.

9. It’s a good idea to have a present (a new doll is ideal) to give to your child when you bring the new baby home from the hospital.

10. When friends come to call, encourage them to include the older child in the excitement as well. Let the child show the baby off to the company if he likes to.

11. Allow even the youngest child to hold the baby. This can be done sitting on the floor with carpet or a blanket, in the middle of the bed, or in a large stuffed chair. Also, allow him to help to whatever extent he can – fetching diapers, bottle, etc.

12. Father can help a great deal by spending time with the older child first when he gets home from work.

13. Mothers, too, should remember to spend precious alone time with older child as often as possible.

14. Jealousy may be expressed indirectly by showing too much concern and affection for the baby, refusing to go to school, demanding Mom’s attention, exhibiting naughty behavior, not eating, not sleeping, or by loss of toilet training, etc. Or, it may be expressed quite openly by a preschooler’s physical attacks on the baby. For this reason, it is best never to leave them alone together!

15. Be careful not to impose on an older sibling by turning him into a constant babysitter or by giving him responsibilities concerning the baby that are beyond his capabilities.

Stress and the Need for Counseling in Bergen County

• Do you feel constantly stressed out and on edge?
• Or are you tired of your partner having a short fuse with you?
• Is stress negatively affecting your relationships?
• Are you constantly arguing?
• Are you feeling tired and fatigued all the time?
• Are you having difficulty falling and staying asleep?
• Is stress making you sick?
• Are you having trouble concentrating?
• Are you moody and irritable much of time?
• Do you experience constant stress?

Imagine what it would be like if you understood how to better cope with stress, and how to help the other cope with stress more effectively as well. How would it feel to have a warm, loving and supportive relationship with your partner once again? To not be anxious all the time or to feel like you are walking on eggshells? How would it feel to be in a relationship in which you truly felt supported and understood? This doesn’t have to live only in your imagination. It can be your reality. You can have a less stressful life and a more satisfying relationship.

When you need professional counseling for stress and anxiety, please contact us at the Mars & Venus Counseling Center.




Teaneck Professional Coaching vs. Professional Counseling

What is the difference between professional life coaching and professional counseling? Which one do you need? (Pssst, Mars & Venus provides both in Teaneck, Oradell, and Ramsey, NJ!)

The more you are focused on a specific goal, the more life coaching is for you. Life coaches will provide you with accountability, motivate you, offer support, and help you build internal strengths, self-confidence, and self-empowerment. They will help you understand and overcome obstacles and decide what direction to take. They will tap into your dreams and unrealized dreams and help make those dreams reality. Coaching is a mentoring relationship.

Counseling is necessary when the unresolved issues and the past hurts of childhood interfere with fulfillment, satisfaction, and success in the present and future. These hurts can manifest as anxiety, depression, addictions, dysfunctional relationships, or feelings of emptiness. Counselors have numerous tools that will help you overcome your blocks to success and happiness.

Professional coaching is also not covered by insurance while counseling is. Life coaches and counselors also adhere to a different code of ethics. Also, life coaches can communicate to clients nationally and internationally via phone or internet, while counselors generally cannot provide therapy to clients who are outside of the state in which the counselor has his/her license.

The Mars & Venus Counseling Center is the best of both worlds.  Its staff is accomplished in both professional counseling and coaching. We offer a goal-focused approach and more specialized help if deeper obstacles become apparent during our work together.

Whether it be coaching or counseling, you will feel that we will build together a relationship of trust and you will gain a sense of hope that will maximize your ability to reach your goals.