With the stigma of mental health, nobody wants their child to need counseling/ therapy , which is unfortunate.
Therapy can change loves. Whether kids have traumatic issues or struggling with the brave and simple act of being human.
Qualified professionals can help kids in hard subjects. It makes sense that parents need professional insight, especially for tender subject s or developmentally appropriate issues of growing up. Many people consider child therapy for a huge topic like abuse , neglect, and trauma ,but it can have an equally weighted focus on positive growth and strength.
Therapy sessions can focus on working towards an optimistic future, developing positive copying,boosting self-esteem, confidence in children.
The therapist and client can cover a wide variety of issues like:
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Substance Abuse or Addiction in the family
- Death of loved one
- Separation of parents
- Separation of loved one
Child therapy can be practiced with one child, a parent or parents, it’s administrated by a counselor or a therapist, who specialized in child psychology.
Child Therapy / Counseling is similar to therapy and counseling. It offers a safe space and an emphatic ear while providing tools to bring about change in thought, feelings, and behaviors. The child receives emotional and goal support in their sessions. They can focus on resolving conflicts, understanding their own thoughts and feelings, and thinks new solutions to overcome their daily problems.
In addition to these issues, the child may be deal with it
- Constant anger
- Overreactions to the situations
- A prescription with physical illnesses or appearance
- Persistent feelings of sadness or happiness
- An inability to concentrate, thinking, and make decisions
- An inability to sit still
- Diets or binging behavior
- Violent acts such as setting fires or killing animals.
In addition, the therapy sessions may focus on five important goals on top of any situation-specific goals.
- Building the child’s self-esteem
- Helping to improve the child’s communication skills
- Stimulating healthy, normal development.
- Building an appropriate emotional repertoire
- Improving the child’s emotional vocabulary
If the parent decided to bring their child to therapy, they need to stay engaged throughout the therapy process
Similarly, there are some suggestions on how to talk to a child about going to counseling. It can feel uncomfortable to both parents and the child to talk about a mental health treatment,but following tips can help make it approachable.
- Find a good time to talk and assure them that they are not in trouble. Listen actively.
- Take your child’s concern, experience and emotions seriously
- Try to be open, authentic, and relaxed
Ask the following questions by the parents
- Why is psychotherapy being recommended?
- What results can we expect?
- How long will my child be involved in therapy?
- How frequently will the therapist see my child?
- Will the therapist be meeting with just my child or the family?
When is child therapy effective?
If a parent or guardian is not sure whether the child needs counseling or not, the list of symptoms below can be a good indicator. if the child is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, coupled with the parent’s concern, it is a good idea to take him or her in for an evaluation. The following is symptoms are that may indicate a problem that therapy can correct or help with;
- Unwanted aggression
- Difficulty adjusting to social situations
- Frequent nightmare and sleep difficulties
- A sudden dropout in grades at school
- Loss of appetite or dramatic weight loss
- Social isolation and become alone
- Withdrawing from activities they normally enjoy
- Persistent worry and anxiety
- Following obsessive routines, like hand washing and so on
- Expressing thoughts of suicide
- Self-harm such as cutting
- Self talk or talking about voices they hear in their head
- Use of alcohol and drugs
- Increased physical complaints despite normal, healthy physicians report
- Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Constant anger, and a tendency to overreact to the situation
- Preoccupation with physical illness or their own appearance
- Violent acts such as settings fire or killing animals
- An inability to sit still
- An inability to concentrate, think clearly or make decisions.
An overly emotional child or one that struggles with inappropriate emotional expression may be suffering from one more of a variety of issues, including ADHD,mental illness, anxiety, or even a n autism spectrum disorder.
Whatever the issue they are facing,child therapy can help them deal with it
Cognitive therapy is a good choice for emotional children, as involves reducing anxiety and learning new ideas and new ways to channel the child’s feelings an energy. It will help them to identify their inner thoughts,and try to replace the negative ones with more positive, helpful ones.
Applied behavior analysis can help the child learn how to respond to situations in better ,more effective ways , and will teach them about rewards and punishment fortheir behavior.
Play therapy is good choice for younger children with emotional issues since they can act them out through toys or dolls.
The type of therapy and techniques that will work for the child may also depends on which stage of development they are in, the theory of Ericson eight states of psychosocial development is recognized and accepted ,and can help differentiate between normal, age appropriate issues and more troublesome
Child Therapy & Behavioral Therapy Techniques
The exact therapy techniques that a child may depends on the type of therapy that is administered by the counselor. A few of the most common and evidence backed techniques, as well as the type of therapy they can be found in different areas
The feeling word game
There are many play therapy techniques that have proven to be effective, fun and engaging for children. Feeling Game is one of the techniques.
It begins with the therapist asking the child to list the feelings of the child age experience.
The therapist will write each word down on a card or piece of paper, or draw a face representative of the emotion if the child too young to read. Once the child runs out of feeling words to suggest, the therapist will line up the feeling cards in front of the child.
Next, the therapists will bring out a container of small tokens, like poker chips and explain that these are feelings. He or she will tell a personal story that demonstrates both positive and negative emotions that a person may feel. The therapist will put the tokens on the feeling cards that will correspond to the emotions mentioned in the story.
In the next step the therapist will tell the child a similar story about a child their own age. The story will be nonthreatening but will include the potential for several positive and negative imotions. The therapist will hand the container to the child and instruct him to put the tokens down on the feeling cards that represent how they would feel if they were the child in the story.
Finally the therapist will encourage the child to tell the story of their own , preferably about their own life. So the child will continue identifying the feelings that each occasion brought up.
This is the great way to encourage a child to open up in therapy and get the ball rolling,as well as identifying the presenting problems.
In this game therapy techniques, the therapist will use bubbles to explain an important concept to the child. The therapist begins with blowing bubbles with the child.while they are having fun they will explain to the child that they can make bubbles bigger by taking deep breaths and blowing slowly into the hoop.
These are BUBBLE BREATHING and they have the power to chase away worries an anxiety too. It’s the great way to introduce mindful breathing as well as a good mechanism for dealing with intense imotions like anger or anxiety.
Child Therapy Books
If a is new to therapy or needs little prompt to discuss some difficult issues, there are some great books you can find them help or read to give them some encouragement.