Most children and tweens will face problems in life that feel overwhelming and distressing. There are times when life stressors turn into anxiety, panic, depression and difficult behaviors. Therapy is a place for young people to feel heard and learn how to problem solve their way through common and sometimes uncommon life stressors. In therapy, children learn how to cope and communicate better.
Most times, children and sometimes need do best by learning on the spot. This includes role playing, talking out problems and behavior tracking. Activities are developed specifically to the clients’ presenting issues to help keep the person engaged. Sometimes, the entire family needs to be involved to provide adequate support and behavior change at home. Sometimes parents will join a session while other times the child will spend the entire session with the therapist.
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Typical problems include
Sadness & Anger
Poor Self-esteem or low confidence
Grief & Lose
What to expect
You shoud expect your child to walk away with skills. These skills can include communicating in healthy ways. Setting boundaries, helping clients to say no when they are uncomfortable and expressing why they are uncomfortable. Learn how to listen, develop active listening skills such as eye contact and head nodding. Learn how to engage in healthy activity such as back and forth play, role playing conflict, and learning how to win and lose a game gracefully. Lastly, children will learn how to appropriately problem solve through deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills. Children will learn how to generalize their skills to various situations.