Is your child dealing with a bully at school, on his or her team, or online?

Bullying is described as an ongoing approach that is taken by one (or more) individual to harm someone is a physical or emotional manner. This bullying is due to a bully perceiving that a victim has a certain weakness that they can take advantage of during the ongoing process. Unfortunately bullying can happen at any age and between two or more people. Recently cyber-bullying and other forms of school-aged bullying have been in the news due to the unfortunate suicides that have resulted.

Bullying can take two different forms; physical or emotional. Many adults deal with bullying at the workplace and this type of behavior encompasses hostility, gossip, sexual harassment, and much more. Children deal with bullying at school, sports, after school activities, etc. Bullying can be especially difficult for children who believe that they are powerless to do anything. In the Montgomery County area we find bullying and harassment can often be subtle and online. Teasing that can be denied as “just joking” and calling out another child’s flews in public can still be very painful, causing distress that parents are justified to be concerned over.

Effects of Bullying

The effects of bullying can range from lowered self esteem to fear of a location (i.e. work, school, etc.). It has also been found that children who are bullied in school may suffer from abnormal development of social skills. Bullied children and adults have also been known to have a lowered quality of life and are more likely to become depressed and/or withdrawn. Unfortunately, suicide and suicide attempts are high among children and adults that are systematically bullied whether that be physically or emotionally.

Child and Adolescent Counseling Services

Emotional and physical bullying can take a toll on the quality of life of a child or an adult. Learning how to stop bullying or learning how to deal with bullies is easier with professional counseling services. The victims of bullying need to find the right environment in which they can voice their concerns, emotional state, and much more. Child counseling may give a child a safe environment to talk about things that they cannot voice outside of the office.

Since many people that are bullied tend to internalize their problems, a child counselor at Kentlands Psychology can help. Victims of bullying often feel powerless, angry, shameful, anxious, fearful, and do not know how to deal with these mixed emotions. Professional counseling can teach victims how to recognize bullying and how to deal with the resulting emotions. Counseling can also teach the victim of bullying how to voice their concerns to those in a position to help. Often times victims of bullying need help to move forward after the bullying has occurred. A qualified therapist at Kentlands Psychotherapy can help a bullied child get their lives and emotions back on track.

To speak with our Senior Young Child and Parenting Clinician, Gail Groboski, LCSW-C,  call 240-252-3349 Ext. 811

If your concern is for an older child (tween, teen, or young adult) call our Senior Adolescent and Young Adult Clinician, Nicole Beane, LCSW-C at 240-252-3349 Ext. 806

We are intimately familiar with the pressures on our students attending our Montgomery County, Maryland Schools. Grade performance, fitting in, keeping up with the Jones, keeping up with teacher/parent/future college expectations, etc can result in what is known as the “W” schools (Whitman, Walter Johnson, Wooten) pressure cookers.

We’ve worked with many families from Gaithersburg, Rockville, North Potomac, Potomac, and North Bethesda. Let us share with your family the strategies we’ve learned that have been most effective helping kids dealing with teasing, harassment, and intimidation.

Don’t let these tensions get out of control. Give us a call. We can help.