When most people think about therapy, they likely think of adults seeking help. However, there are many times in life that counseling for children can be indicated for a child to function in school, at home, or in social situations with more comfort and ease.
Attempting to help your child overcome problematic behaviors or emotional difficulties can be overwhelming and challenging. For children struggling with a mental disorder or developmental disorder, this process can be even more intimidating.
At Cypress Counseling Center we offer child counseling tailored to the unique needs of your child and family.
Counseling for Children
Child therapy can be different from therapy for adults in the issues being addressed as well as the approaches and techniques that are used in treatment. We take a family-based approach with an emphasis on involving parents in counseling for kids. Our therapists work with your child towards the goal of transitioning progress made in the child counseling session to the home, school, and other environments.
Child Counseling & Play Therapy
Rather than utilizing talk therapy, it is common to use play therapy in child counseling. This is because children naturally express themselves and relate to their world through play. Your child’s therapist may utilize games, puppets, books, coloring, or other creative tools in sessions. Additionally, it is common to use behavior modification techniques such as shaping, modeling, and reward systems when working towards goals related to social skills or behavioral challenges.
In order to ensure continuity of therapy and improved behavior, it is important to collaborate with your child therapy provider to reinforce an environment conducive to change and progress. For example, it is helpful to monitor and reflect progress or setbacks in child counseling sessions to enhance the effectiveness of treatment.
Below is a sample list of some of the topics we address through our child counseling sessions and/or family therapy:
- Low Self-Esteem
- Academic Issues
- Autism Spectrum Disorders/ PDD/ Aspergers
- Shyness/ Selective Mutism
- Physical/Sexual/Emotional Abuse
- Lack of Coping Skills
- Lack of Social Skills
- Adoption/Blended Family Issues
- Anger Issues
- Gender Identity Concerns
- Coping with Medical Conditions
- Behavioral Issues
- Attachment Issues
If you would like to speak with a therapist about counseling for children, or if you need assistance in determining if your family might benefit from child therapy, call or email today.