Could your child benefit from therapy?

Child TherapyChildren are a bit different than adults.  Children often don’t know to ask to see a therapist. However, daily life can become more and more challenging for both you and your child.  Psychotherapy helps children and adolescents in a variety of ways.  They receive emotional support, resolve conflicts with people, understand feelings and problems, and try out new solutions to old problems.  Goals for therapy may be specific (change in behavior, improved relations with friends or family), or more general (less anxiety, better self-esteem).  The length of psychotherapy depends on the complexity and severity of problems.

Psychotherapy may involve an individual child, a group of children, a family, or multiple families.  With children and adolescents, playing, drawing, building, and pretending, as well as talking, are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems.

Psychotherapy is often used in combination with other treatments (behavior management, or working with the school). The relationship that develops between the therapist and the client is very important.  The child or adolescent must feel comfortable, safe and understood.  This type of trusting environment makes it much easier for the child to express his/her thoughts and feelings and to use the therapy in a helpful way.

Symptoms and behaviors that could represent a larger problem:

  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety/fearfulness
  • Pessimism/negative outlook
  • Grades dropping or more difficulty completing assignments
  • Conduct problems at school
  • “Acting out”
  • Arguing with family members
  • Difficulty separating, going to school, clinginess
  • Risk taking (smoking, drinking, sexual promiscuity)
  • Becoming quiet, sullen, down
  • Appetite changing suddenly
  • Difficulty managing responsibilities or staying organized
  • Difficulty making and maintaining friendships
  • Significant rigidity, bossiness, inflexibility, “needs to be right”
  • Growth rate slowing
  • Talk about death, suicide or violence
*Of course all children have bad days and the presence of any one symptom is not likely to be cause for alarm.
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Children can also benefit from talking to someone when life transitions are not in their control:

  • Divorce
  • Death of a loved one
  • Parent marrying a new partner
  • Moving to a new neighborhood, school etc.
  • Sibling with a disability
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Call today and we will meet with you and gather information on developmental, education, medical, and social history of your son or daughter.

We will then meet with your child to better understand his/her perspective. Additionally, formal evaluation procedures may be necessary. Once all the information is gathered, we will meet with you to jointly create a plan of treatment. We will also work collaboratively with your child’s school or other providers as necessary and can help you advocate for necessary services and/or accommodations if appropriate.

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