Who is it for?
Integrative Child Psychotherapy is a gentle and often non-directive treatment for children, young people, parents and families that can help with a wide range of behavioural and emotional difficulties.
How Can Child Psychotherapy Help my Child?
The process of meeting with a child psychotherapist can help make sense of how a child is feeling and offer support for many issues and concerns, which can include difficulties with relationships, concerns regarding school, aggression, low self-esteem or a lack of confidence, as well as more serious mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm. Child therapists can also support children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as young people who are suffering the effects of neglect and abuse.
How does Child Psychotherapy Work?
Child therapists support children and young people by responding to what might be being communicated through talking, creativity, behaviour and play. Young children do not usually talk openly about their difficulties and will often communicate feelings and thoughts through play, the arts and by using the toys provided in the therapy room. Older children and young adults may also use the arts to explore how they feel or they may like to talk through experiences and any associated feelings. Over time, anxious, hurt, angry or upsetting feelings can be put into words rather than actions and the child or young person can be helped to make sense of their feelings and experiences.
The therapeutic process can be short term or long term with each appointment often lasting 50 minutes. More often than not children are seen individually, however sometimes children and parents are seen together or sometimes parents or carers meet with the therapist without the child being present. Child therapists can also offer support to other professionals working with children including teachers, learning mentors, social workers, health visitors, and youth workers as their skills can help make sense of more complex behaviour, as well as offer advocacy to children facing complicated and difficult life experiences.
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