Behavioral Care Services

7340, Heritage Village Plaza, 102, Gainesville Virginia - 20155
Seeking help for mental health is even more important during these stressful situations. For the health and safety of our clients in the pandemic induced time of social-distancing, we have moved to an "Online Therapy Platform". We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 safety guidelines and will restart in-person services when appropriate. Continuity is essential for effectivesness of therapy, therefore, we strongly recommend you to keep using our services at:
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Emotional problems in children and adolescents are a reality. It may be difficult to accept but even very young children can suffer from Depression, Anxiety and other emotional disorders. Like adults, children can experience mood swings due to frustration, disappointment and sadness.

Normally these feelings fade away relatively quickly, but may become a source of concern if they sustain for a longer period of time. Moreover, children may not be able to express these feelings because of lack of vocabulary or understanding of difficult concepts such as self-esteem, guilt etc. However, these problems do get reflected in the behavior patterns of the child; recognizing these behavior pattern is the key to an early detection and treatment.

Emotional Problems in Children
Emotional problems in children can affect school performance, learning, social relations and self esteem and can interfere with the normal development of the child. Some common childhood emotional disturbances include anxiety & mood disorders, attention deficit & disruptive disorders, elimination disorders, and eating disorders.
Symptoms of Anxiety:
  • Difficulty separating from parents.
  • Clingy Behavior.
  • Fears about safety of self and/or parents.
  • Refusal to go to school.
  • Fatigue.
  • Feeling as though there is a lump in the throat.
Early Signs of Depression:
  • Feeling low, blue, sad, tearful
  • Irritation, Agitation, Restlessness
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Change in School Performance
  • Low Self-esteem or feelings or worthlessness.
  • Diminished Socialization
  • Change in Attitude towards School
  • Loss of Interest in Activities
  • Headaches, stomachaches or other physical pains that seem to have no cause.
  • Loss of usual Energy
  • Change in Appetite or Weight

Children often display unusual behaviors which can be symptoms of emotional disturbance. A diagnostic evaluation can help identify the possible causes, make an accurate diagnosis and subsequently an effective treatment plan, if needed.

Treatment Options for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

An emotional evaluation is helpful in diagnosing Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other emotional problems. Following an accurate diagnosis, children and adolescents with emotional disorders can benefit from a variety of treatments and services.

At Behavioral Care Services, we provide a supportive environment to help child communicate openly and confidentially about his concerns and feelings. We use effective therapeutic techniques on the basis of severity of symptoms and needs & personality of the individual.

Phone: +1 (703)-398-1085
Fax: +1 (866)-299-2424

7340, Heritage Village Plaza, 102,
Gainesville Virginia - 20155

Selecting a Therapist

Selecting the right professional is very crucial for diagnosis and treatment of a problem. It is important to understand the differences between a Psychologist, a Psychiatrist, a Counselor, a Therapist, a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Social Worker. Please go through our "How to Select a Therapist" section to learn about the main differences among various mental health professions.

Our practice of psychologists is conveniently located in the heart of Northern Virginia and we serve Gainesville, Manassas, Centreville, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Chantilly, Reston, Herndon, Dulles, Sterling, Ashburn, Leesburg, Woodbridge, Dumfries, Quantico, Triangle, Haymarket, Warrenton and other areas in Prince William County, Fauquier County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Culpeper County, and Washington DC.