There are, unfortunately, many families like the “Smiths.”
The couple was amicably divorcing when their young son became moody and defiant. He stopped communicating with his parents and quit playing with friends. The parents knew they needed professional help—and turned to Diakon Family Life Services, Topton.
The family began treatment together, but decided their son needed individual counseling to communicate more freely.
The child formed a bond with his therapist, eventually relating he thought he was the reason for the divorce. Trained in play therapy, the counselor helped the child tell his parents how he felt; in turn, the parents accepted his feelings and helped him to understand he wasn’t the cause. Soon, he began playing with friends again, gradually becoming more social.
Diakon Family Life Services offers counseling services to aid individuals, couples, families, and children and youths. For information, call Diakon Family Life Services, toll-free, at (888) 499-2699.