Child and adolescent psychotherapy


Psychotherapy refers to a variety of techniques and methods used to help children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior.

Child psychotherapists treat a variety of normal adjustment issues such as dealing with anxiety of a move, a new sibling, loss of a family member, fears, nightmares, peer difficulties, social skill problems, school avoidance or school performance, sibling rivalry, self-esteem issues or dealing with dating, parent-child issues and adolescent conflict.

Psychotherapy is often used in combination with other treatments (medication, behavior management, or work with the school). The relationship that develops between the therapist and the patient is very important. The child or adolescent must feel comfortable, safe and understood. This type of trusting environment makes it much easier for the child to express his/her thoughts and feelings and to use the therapy in a helpful way.

Goals of child and adolescent psychotherapy often depend on the nature of the presenting problem.  The goal is to carefully evaluate and diagnose children’s psychiatric problems and to develop treatment plans to alleviate the suffering these conditions can inflict on the children and their families.

Psychotherapy can help in many ways. One such therapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, describes the process where you work with a psychotherapist in several sessions with the objective to change your way of thinking, turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy is common practice for treating adolescents, particularly those having anxiety issues and depression. CBT is a great way to acquiring techniques for dealing with stressful situations that teens may come across.

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