Child & Adolescent Therapy
There are two essential components of child and adolescent therapy. The first is addressing the issues that they feel they are struggling with and teaching them the tools and skills they need to handle problems and further their emotional growth. The second is talking directly with parents to help them integrate such strategies and strengthen the bond between them and their child.
One of the great aspects of working with children and adolescents is that they are very honest when stating their concerns and needs. Building trust and rapport is quicker, and issues can be addressed directly.
Typical issues discussed during child and adolescent therapy include:
- Anxiety and depression.
- Problems in school or with peers.
- High stress.
- Social anxiety.
- Communication issues.
- Self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
As a parent, what are some of the benefits of enrolling your child in therapy?
To help parents get on board with their child’s therapy, I implore them to look at their relationship and review how it could be improved. For example, they may wish to eat dinner together more often or speak more openly about potential issues.
Exploring the nature of their ideal parent-child relationship and proactively working toward it helps provide the child with a stable support system that will remain constant throughout their life. Ideally, they feel comfortable approaching their parents in moments of distress or need. Similarly, the parent feels like they can ask their child questions and remain involved in their life.