Psychotherapy for children, especially very young children, is not the same as therapy for adults. Talking may be one of the core aspects of therapy for adults, but for children, play is the medium best used to communicate their emotional distress. Therapy with children is also different from therapy with adults in that it is much more active, since children do not possess the same verbal capabilities as adults. Another crucial aspect to a positive therapeutic experience for children is the emphasis on the important role that parents play in child therapy. Meeting with your child and working with your child is an important part of child therapy, but working with parents is essential and may be the most crucial aspect of a successful therapeutic encounter.
Child Individual Therapy
We believe that children are affected by events in their lives as deeply as adults, and sometimes even more. Therefore, it is recommended in child development research and literature to seek professional assistance if your child is experiencing emotional distress and this distress is interfering with his/her daily functioning and/or achievement of developmental milestones. The benefits of psychotherapy for children who are distressed, sad, anxious, or hyperactive are numerous since therapy offers a safe environment for children to express their thoughts and feelings. Therapy also helps children to develop the necessary tools to adapt to/ cope with difficulties in their lives in a positive, constructive manner.
At HCWC we provide support for a range of challenges that children experience, including:
Anger and Aggression
Separation or Divorce
Social Interaction Issues
Bullying/ Problems with Peers
Grief and Loss
The form of therapy your child receives will be dependent on the initial intake interview, in which you will be given an opportunity to share the challenges and goals you have for your child, yourselves as parents, and as a family. As we learn more about the impact of the issues presented we will work with you to develop some goals for treatment, tailored to fit the needs of your child and your family. It is during this initial interview that we may discuss some treatment options for your family to consider, including parent coaching, which provides invaluable support and tools for parents.