Child & Adolescent Therapy
Is your child finding it hard to handle their feelings? Are they acting out in ways that upset the peace at home? Or have they gone through something really tough, like a loss or a scary event?
Kids and teens are learning how to be social and understand their feelings. This learning helps them grow up to be successful, happy, and emotionally strong. Yet, some kids have a hard time with their emotions, leading to problems at school, home, and overall happiness.
How Therapy Can Help
Therapy gives kids and teens a safe place to figure out their thoughts and feelings. With the help of a therapist who knows how to work with young people, they can tackle their issues, change how they act, and make lasting positive changes.
Effective Therapeutic Approaches
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): This method helps kids recognize and alter negative thought patterns affecting their mood and behavior. It’s especially effective for addressing anxiety, depression, and other psychological issues. For those dealing with trauma, Trauma-Focused CBT is specifically designed to help.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT helps kids navigate their inner emotional world, providing clarity and tools to handle overwhelming feelings and move forward.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Ideal for those struggling with emotional regulation or self-harm. DBT teaches skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation.
Expressive Arts Therapy: Uses creative arts, including drawing, painting, crafts, music, dance, and drama, as a way for children to express their thoughts and feelings. It’s a powerful method for those who find it hard to put their feelings into words.
Sandtray Therapy: Involves using miniature figures and sand to create scenes in a sandbox. This non-verbal form of therapy allows children to express complex emotions and experiences through symbolic play, offering insights into their inner world.
Family Therapy: Aims to improve communication and resolve issues within the family unit. This may involve all or just specific members of the family.
Who Can Benefit from Therapy?
Kids and teens face many challenges. Therapy is a process that helps them understand and manage their thoughts and feelings, laying the groundwork for a happier, emotionally healthier future.
Some of these pivotal events and scenarios that can impact a child’s mental health and well-being include
- The death of a loved one.
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Domestic violence
- Moving or attending a new school
- Social anxiety
- Separation anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Relationship breakup
- Learning Disabilities
- Academic Struggles
If you’re considering therapy for your child and want to explore how talking with someone, expressive arts, sandtray therapy, or other approaches could help, please get in touch with us. Let’s work together to support your child’s path to healing and growth.