Therapy offers your kiddo a safe space to work through their thoughts and emotions. With the help of a specialized therapist, children can resolve problems, modify behaviors, and make positive and lasting changes.
The following are a few different types of psychotherapy available to children and families. Each offers unique approaches and techniques to bring about positive outcomes. Sometimes a therapist may choose to use just one specific treatment, and other times he or she may find a combination of various treatments is the best approach to help your child.
Play therapy is especially appropriate for children ages 3 through 12 years old. Play therapy allows your child to change the way they think about and resolve their concerns. Even the most troubling problems can be confronted in play therapy and lasting resolutions can be discovered, rehearsed, mastered and adapted into your child's lifelong strategies. Learn more about Play therapy here. The best news? Kids don't want to leave our playrooms.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
CBT helps your child to identify harmful thought patterns. Once your child recognizes that their thoughts create their feelings and moods, they can learn to control themselves and their behavior. Research has shown that CBT is highly effective at treating depression and anxiety as well as helping individuals, including children, deal with traumatic experiences. Our therapists utilize Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy as part of our many interventions in play therapy.
But when should I actually start therapy for my child?
At every age, children can be faced with life’s challenges. Providing treatment early for your child can dramatically improve your whole family's quality of life, and sets your child up for a better understanding of themselves and their own capacity to heal and cope with life's difficulties. We want your child to have the best chances to build resilience, self-esteem, coping skills that are appropriate - not be limited to numbing or ignoring their feelings behaviors. Pushed down feelings don't go away, they sneak out through problematic behaviors, low-esteem, depression, anxiety, and addictive behaviors to help numb out.
Therapy is not a quick fix. It is instead a thoughtful and comprehensive process that provides your child with insights and skills so that they may become masters of their thoughts and feelings. This, in essence, is how children develop into happy, healthy, and successful adults.