Children and Families

Children and their families have unique needs. Depending on the issue, children, ages 3-11 benefit from working with play therapists and families from being with a therapist trained in family therapy. Each style of therapy will speak to the presenting issue in a slightly different way. Here at the Center for Growth, on staff we have clinician's trained in the different styles of treatment. Feel free to call us and speak with one of our clinician's about what style is right for you. Additionally, enjoy the tips we have written that specifically are written to help you better understand the various issues and possible treatment strategies.

Below you will find all the articles written on this topic.

Accepting Happiness

An exercise to help millenials, twenty-thirty somethings, find new ways accept happiness and other positive feelings


Have you ever wondered why some people have such a difficult time sustaining close, personal relationships while others seem to do so with relative ease?  How we manage the balance between closeness and distance with the important people in our lives correlates to our foundational sense of security and attachment.  

Attachment Theory

This tip looks at different attachment styles adults may have developed through childhood with their parents. Attachment theory works to explain different behaviors portrayed in our adult relationships. 

Children and Trauma

Children can be traumatized by the tragic events they see reported on the news or that happen in their own lives, such as an incident at school or something frightening in the news. There are, however, ways parents can help their children respond that build their maturity and resilience. 

Corporal Punishment in African American Families

“Spare the rod, spoil the child”.  If you are familiar with this saying, you are very familiar with the idea of corporal punishment. In some African American households, corporal punishment is used as a way to maintain tradition, order, power of authority and respect. 

How to Date for Data

This tip addresses the major dating task of managing the pull of urgency and the urge to just have fun in the moment by funneling important data needed to make important dating decisions via three phases of dating. 

How Will Your Baby Impact Your New Marriage

How Will Your New Baby Impact Your Marriage? For many couples, the addition of a new baby into the family is an exciting, joyous, and uncertain time. Whether the couple is dealing with the physiological repercussions of giving birth or the psychological challenges associated with fostering or adopting a child, the period immediately after bringing the newest family member home is a huge adjustment.

Infertility: It is Okay to Decline a Friend’s Baby Shower

Another baby shower invite and you panic. Why does attending a baby shower always make you feel so bad about your own infertility? How can being happy for your friend’s pregnancy be so easy for everyone else? You remember when you had so much fun getting together with your friends and planning for parenthood, but now celebrating your friends’ successes at motherhood brings such painful memories.  All you want to do is decline these types of get-togethers.

So what do you do about the invite to celebrate a friend’s baby shower?  You are required to go right? You can’t decline, or could you? Deciding on how to navigate social situations, especially situations that revolve around pregnancies and children, can be difficult. You want to be a good friend but at the same time, it is most important to look out for yourself. Here are some ideas on how to navigate this confusing journey.

Is it Low Self Esteem

 How to recognize and come to terms with low self-esteem when a poor self-concept is the root of your problems.