Does your child seem to be more withdrawn or depressed lately? Does he/she seem to be moodier or acting out at home? Perhaps he/she is more disrespectful or defiant lately. (This can be especially true of teenagers). It could be that these behaviors are a result of issues or traumas your child has experienced whether at school, with neighborhood children, through the death of loss of a loved one or friend, or some miscommunication at home with a parent. It could be they are struggling with their adjustment to a new school or simply being a teenager with the subsequent peer pressure and identity issues this stage of development brings.
Helping your child discover the causes of the behavioral or mood changes can be a big help in assisting your child in moving through the difficult time period. In discovering the causes a therapist can help the child work through the issue or issues and develop a greater sense of self esteem and level of well being as a result.