Psychotherapy is a treatment approach that involves therapeutic conversations and interactions with a therapist. Through individual therapy your child can better understand and resolve mood and behavioral issues, develop better coping strategies, and become more confident.
Each child is different and faces unique challenges. We employ different types of psychotherapy to best meet the needs of your child.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
By examining patterns of thinking, children can learn to identify distorted thoughts and change them. CBT is especially effective in treating anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is often used to treat older children and adolescents who have chronic suicidal thoughts and engage in self-destructive or self-harming behaviors. This therapeutic approach emphasizes being responsible for one’s choices and behaviors and learning how to deal with conflict and intense negative emotions.
Play is the language of children. Children more freely express themselves using this language. Play therapy allows the therapist into the child’s world and provides an activity for understanding and healing. Thus the use of toys, blocks, dolls, puppets, drawings, and games can help younger children recognize, identify, and verbalize their feelings. Through talk and play, children can better understand their emotions and behavior. This approach helps decrease any anxiety children may feel around therapy and make therapy more powerful and effective.
Supportive therapy bolsters healthy coping strategies and social behaviors in the home, school, and community. Often, supportive therapy goes hand-in-hand with a medication regimen.
Behavior therapy is a therapeutic approach that aims to replace undesirable behaviors with more desirable behaviors through the use of positive and negative reinforcement. This process can be outlined in a behavior plan that can be used in all settings, including home and school.
This therapy explores the reasons, or the “why”, behind troubling behavior, thoughts, and feelings. Once there is a better understanding of motivations, the child is able to experience healthier, less conflicted relationships.