Child & Adolescent Therapy
Just like adults, children and adolescents are affected by the pressures of everyday life. Many children and adolescents experience daily stressors at school, at home, and in social settings.
Why Might My Child Need Therapy?
Your child may need therapy if he/she/they are going through a major life transition such as parental divorce, move, death of a loved one including a family member or pet, major illness in the family, parent/caregiver military deployment, or has experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect. Oftentimes these events lead to problems with mood, behavior, appetite, sleep, academic, and social functioning.
Other signs that your child or adolescent may benefit from therapy include:
- Any developmental delays including speech, language, toilet training, or in gross/fine motor skills
- Learning or attention problems
- Behavioral problems including excessive anger, physical aggression, bedwetting, disordered eating
- Significant drop in academic grades especially if your child or adolescent maintains high or decent grades
- Bullying or being bullied
- Episodes of sadness and tearfulness
- Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Extreme mood swings
- Signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance abuse
Sometimes it is not clear what contributes to emotional or behavioral problems in children and adolescents. If you are concerned about the emotional and behavioral well-being of your child and adolescent, trust your instincts and seek out help. Psychotherapists will assess your child or adolescent to determine if there is a need for therapy.
Therapy can support children and adolescents in learning and employing problem solving skills, coping skills, and emotion regulation skills.
How Can Therapy Help My Child?
Psychotherapists use a variety of interventions and techniques to address the specific emotional or behavioral issues unique to each child and adolescent. After conducting an initial assessment, the Child and Adolescent Therapist will work to address mutually defined goals in treatment.
Psychotherapists who work with children and adolescents often use expressive interventions such as play, art, and experiential techniques in session. Child and Adolescent Therapist are not limited to these interventions and often employ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, as well as other forms of therapy to address specific treatment goals.
Therapy can support children and adolescents in learning and employing problem solving skills, coping skills, and emotion regulation skills to help them navigate life stressors as well as emotional and behavioral issues.