What is child/ adolescent therapy?
When growing up, children and adolescents must develop in many important ways. As they mature, children will experience shifts in their thinking, mood and behavioral patterns. With all these changes happening in the child, it may be difficult for the family to determine if a change is a normal challenge in a child’s development or signs that something is interfering with the child’s or teen’s happiness, or with social connection.
Signs your child or teen may benefit from therapy:
- Changing eating or sleeping habits
- Engaging in destructive behaviors (cutting themselves, digging their nails into the skin)
- Extreme feelings of sadness or worry
- Shifts in behavior
- Isolating from friends
- Increased physical complaints
- Speaks about death frequently
- Management of illness
- Parents getting divorced
- Struggling with a new sibling
- Changing schools
- Dealing with the loss of a loved one
- Custody evaluations
- Any kind of abuse or traumatic event
How can therapy help?
The goal of child therapists and counselors is to help children and adolescents learn to better interpret their problems, and to help them process and mature through developmental periods in healthy ways that increase their mental health and social connectedness.. Therapy and counseling services usually begin with an initial assessment, this is a time when professionals collect information about the child or teens current concern or problem. This professional will also be reviewing a history of symptoms with the child and the family. Once this assessment is completed the mental health professional will speak with the family and discuss the course of action that will be the best fit the client’s needs.. The mental health professional might begin the focus on emotional support during a difficult transition, conflict resolution, skills to cope with feelings, problem solving strengths, and experimenting with new actions to address old patterns. The aim is to help and encourage the child to learn new tools and methods that can prepare them for any challenges they face currently and in the future.
Types of child therapy:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Kids learn how their own thinking affects how they feel, their mood and behavior. They are then shown how to identify these negative thoughts and process them in healthy ways
- Play Therapy
Children heal trauma and express feelings through play.
When should I call your office?
If you or your loved ones have concerns about your child’s mental health, you can work with a specialist. At Soma Therapy, we can help! Call 316-201-6047 or fill out our contact form to get help & learn more about anger management resources today. We also often provide referrals in-town if we cannot connect you with the right resources within Soma Therapy.
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