Children & Family
The Child or Adolescent
A human being’s ability to think and reason develops through different
stages of life. It can be very difficult and in some cases impossible for a
child to communicate how they feel or sort out their feelings.
Growing up is tough even in the most loving and devoted families.It is important to seek therapy for your child or adolescent when they request it or for:
- problems sleeping
- suicidal thoughts
- social isolation
- significant change
- significant weight loss/gain
- continued feelings of anxiety
- substance use
- abuse, trauma, bullying
- loss of a family unit or loved one
Just as in any form of therapy, the relationship is paramount. Your child or teen must feel comfortable with their therapist or psychologist. Therapeutic confidentiality is critical to the treatment process. The professional you are working with will discuss ethics and limits to privacy during the first session ensuring that all parties involved are comfortable moving forward. It is important to note that confidentiality laws with minors vary from state to state, as does the minor’s ability to consent to treatment.
It has been our experience that children and teens love coming to therapy.Children often engage in play therapy with dolls, puppets, games or art. Adolescents may engage in play therapy or other traditional forms of talk-therapy. They find their therapist to be warm, supportive, fun, attentive and helpful.
The therapist will help problem solve according to the strengths and developmental stage of the child or adolescent.
As a parent or guardian, you can expect to:
- discuss the presenting issue or problem, developmental history, social history, cultural background,
family relationships and any relevant academic information
- be included and kept up to date according to agreed upon goals and treatment
- be valued and heard
- receive warmth and compassion in addition to gentle challenges for the benefit of your child or teen
Family therapy aims to treat the family unit, which includes each person and the relationships among the family. It can help a family during a difficult period, a major transition, mental health problems and when communication is strained. You may be seeking guidance and help for:
- communication problems
- parent-child conflicts
- death of a loved one
- sibling conflicts
- separation or divorce
- new marriage and blending families
- behavioral problems with a child or teen
- mental or physical illness
You may feel like you have tried everything and don’t know what else to do.
- to discuss your reason for seeking therapy, relationship history, values, cultural backgrounds, each person’s perspective
- things may get worse before they get better
- to gain insight, learn new skills and develop healthier forms of communication
- to receive suggested assignments to complete outside of session, as always, some will be fun
- limited one-on-one sessions
- warmth and compassion in addition to gentle challenges for the benefit of your family unit