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Emotional Regulation Difficulties

Emotional self-regulation involves managing emotions and behaviour depending on the situation. This involves being able to handle difficult emotions and resist highly emotional reactions, such as outbursts of anger or frustrations, as well as being able to adjust to change and calm down when upset or frustrated. Difficulties with self-regulation are common in children with neurodevelopment issues such as Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Learning Disabilities, and ADHD.

Often children who display challenging behaviour may be labelled as defiant or difficult, but such behaviour is often a result of children not knowing how to self-regulate their emotions when they feel overwhelmed. This can lead to aggressive behaviour or tantrums at home or in school, which can put a strain on family, teacher, or peer relationships. But sometimes it isn’t so clear when a child doesn’t know how to regulate their emotions, and they may turn their negative feelings toward themselves, which causes problems that cannot be seen. The inability to regulate emotions can impact overall mental health and wellbeing as well as relationships and academic engagement and performance.

If you think your child has trouble with emotional self-regulation, you may consider seeking professional help. Here at Surrey Therapy Practice, we have a team of experienced professionals who are specialised in therapy for children and adolescents. We offer a range of therapy and counselling services available both online and in person in our practice in Banstead. Get in touch and make an enquiry here.

Therapies for Emotional Regulation Difficulties include:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systemic or Family TherapyClinical and Counselling Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Assessment and Treatment of ADHD and ASD

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