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What Happens in Child Therapy?

This is a specialized form of therapy that is designed to help children and adolescents who are struggling with emotional, behavioral, or social issues. The therapist will work with your child to address specific concerns and teach them coping skills and strategies for managing their emotions. It can also help parents who are looking for a way to connect with their child on deeper levels. 

During the first session, the therapist will typically spend time getting to know your child and establishing a rapport with them. This may involve asking questions about their interests, hobbies, and school life, as well as their thoughts and feelings about therapy. 

From there, the therapist will work with your child to identify specific goals for their sessions. These goals may include improving social skills, managing anxiety or depression, or building self-esteem. 

What Is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is to children what counseling is to adults. Young children’s ability to heal can be limited by their underdeveloped ability to verbalize their feelings. Play therapy is geared towards a kid’s developmental stage and allows them to access their creativity to understand their feelings and help them heal, all while having fun. This type of child therapy utilizes their ability to play as a natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily through toys instead of words. 

Play therapy is used as a tool to help children explore and express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. It can be used to address a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and developmental issues, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and social skills deficits. 

During play therapy sessions, the child is encouraged to engage in play activities, such as drawing, painting, storytelling, and imaginative play, with the guidance and support of a trained play therapist. The therapist may use various techniques and approaches, such as non-directive play therapy or directive play therapy, to help the child work through their challenges and build coping skills. Overall, play therapy provides a creative and engaging way for children to process their experiences, build resilience, and reach their full potential. 

What Does A Child Therapy Session Look Like?

During each session, the therapist will engage your child in activities that are designed to help them work toward their goals. These activities may include: 

Play therapy:

For younger children, play therapy may be the primary approach used by the therapist. Play therapy involves using toys, games, and other activities to help the child express their thoughts and feelings in a safe and non-threatening way. 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): 

CBT is a form of therapy that focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The therapist will work with your child to identify negative thought patterns and help them learn to reframe these thoughts in a more positive way. 

Art therapy: 

Art therapy involves using art materials to help the child express their emotions and feelings. The therapist may ask the child to draw or paint a picture that represents how they are feeling or to create a collage of images that represent their goals or aspirations. 

Talk therapy:

For older children and adolescents, talk therapy may be more appropriate. Talk therapy involves engaging in a conversation with the therapist about their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 

Family therapy:

In some cases, the therapist may recommend family therapy, which involves working with the entire family to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and build stronger relationships. 

What Are the Benefits of Child Therapy?

Child therapy can provide many benefits for children who are struggling with emotional or behavioral issues. Here are just a few of the ways child therapy can help:

 1. Enrich self-esteem: Therapy can help children build self-confidence and self-esteem, which can have a positive impact on their overall well-being. 

2.  Better coping skills: Therapy can teach children coping skills and strategies that center mindfulness and managing their emotions, which can help them navigate difficult situations more effectively. 

3.  Reduced anxiety and depression: Therapy can help children manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, and develop healthy ways of coping with these conditions. 

4.  Improved RelationshipsTherapy can help children improve their social skills, build stronger relationships with others, and learn effective communication strategies.

5.  Greater resilienceTherapy can help children develop greater resilience, which can help them bounce back from setbacks and challenges more effectively. 

If you are ready to schedule an appointment today, give us a call and we will match you with one of our experienced child therapists.