Are you wondering if your child might benefit from a little therapy? If so, you’re not alone. About 20% of parents have found therapy to be very helpful for their children. Therapy can help children with all kinds of issues, such as inattention, poor social skills, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and even defiance.
Some signs you and your child might find therapy helpful include:
- A pattern of feeling sad or hopeless
- Overreacting to situations
- Becoming easily angry
- A drop in grades at school
- Losing interest in activities they usually enjoy
- Changes in patterns of sleeping or eating
- Inability to sit still or concentrate
- Trouble making decisions or thinking clearly
- Setting fires or harming animals
- Expressing thoughts of suicide
There are many different types of therapy approaches available to children and adolescents today:
Play Therapy uses your child’s most fluent language – play – to help them make positive changes. Play therapy listens and observes as your child “speaks their own language,” and then interprets the play to better understand your child’s emotional condition. Different types of play help children figure out feelings and how best to express them. Play therapy can help kids who have been affected by death, divorce, trauma, and other difficult life events.
Behavior Therapy focuses on which behaviors your child has that need to be increased or decreased, encouraged or discouraged. Then together, the therapist and parents work to arrange the things in the environment that may be influencing those behaviors. Logical or natural consequences are used to motivate your child to make these changes. This type of therapy is especially helpful in addressing autism and attention issues.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on helping children understand how their thoughts affect the way they feel and their behavior. Children learn how to identify ways of thinking that are not helpful, change those ways of thinking, and then feel more confident in handling life. This type of therapy is helpful in addressing mood disorders.
Psychodynamic Therapy with children and teens is their version of “talk therapy.” but the children’s version. It provides a space for children and teens to discuss “what’s bothering them on the inside,” which then helps motivate them to improve how they think and behave. This therapy is used with all types of challenges that children and teens face.
What is perhaps the most important thing to remember when considering therapy at BATT, is that we appreciate the uniqueness of your child or teen. So no two therapy approaches look alike. That’s because we combine multiple approaches to best fit your child’s needs and your family’s needs.