Child and Adolescent Therapy
Kids and Teens may benefit from therapy for a number of issues or reasons in their lives. They may have suffered trauma in their short lives such as natural disasters, loss, illness, accidents or abuse. They may have adjustment issues because of moves, divorces, separation from their parents, adoption, birth of siblings or siblings leaving home. They may have special needs or exceptional needs which means they might need help outside the norm of what is offered.
Kids and Teens let their parents know that they need help in many ways, but usually behaviorally. These ways might come to attention through acting out at school, academic issues, problems with peers, fighting with siblings, sleep issues, eating issues, temper tantrums, increased medical issues, destruction to property, oppositional or defiant behavior.
We believe that your child is unique and each child should be treated according to their individual need. For some, therapy will be a brief re-adjustment in their routines, for others it might be a longer more supportive experience. We offer the following therapies as a way to help address your child's needs.
Parent-Child Dyad Therapy is used with children and their primary attachment figure (most often their parent/caregiver). The environment of this therapy is playful, accepting and empathetic and helps the child and parent to attune to one another. It uses eye contact, facial expression, touch and movement to help the child and parent to co-regulate emotion. It has frequently been successful with children with attachment issues and history of trauma. It can also be helpful in enhancing communications and relationships with parent and child in most situtations.
Play Therapy is used with children of all ages. Therapy with children is different than that which is effective with adults. A child's developmental stage and understanding of the word is core at helping them feel successful at their stage in life. Play therapy is a dynamic approach to therapy that allows the therapist to fully experience the child's world. The process of play is viewed as a child's attempt to gain control in the environment, allowing them to make their internal world external. The use of manageable situations in symbolic representation in symbolic play gives the child the ability to more adequately express himself.
EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. It has been an effective means of treating trauma for 25 years. In addition to incorporating traditional therapies, it is uses a series of lateral eye movements or other types of bi-lateral (left-right-left-right) stimulation such as tones in alternating earphone, or handheld tactile device that taps or vibrates on the hands bi-laterally. It is used to help clients reprocess trauma and overwhelming life events. It is therapist led and a multi-step process which first establishes methods for feeling safe before painful events are reprocessed. Re-processing with the use of the bi-lateral stimulation leads the client into completing thoughts of mastery in the difficult situation.
CBT-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is often used to treat anxiety, depression and mood issues. It is “problem focused” and “action oriented". The therapist works with the client on defining the problem and selecting specific strategies to deal with the problem. The Therapist uses additional sessions to monitor and fine tune the outcomes with the client.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Child and Adolescent Therapy or are ready to schedule an appointment, please call us at 763.710.9949.