The Basics Of Therapy
Problems that affect how we act, feel, and think are a common occurrence. Even children have problems with such issues. One of the ways that children can work on these problems is through therapy, a time-tested treatment. The therapist talks with everyone and you all learn. Through therapy you will learn critical life skills and daily social skills.
When you are dealing with problems of any kind, a doctor and/or parent will probably recommend you talk to someone about it. A therapist is someone who is trained in helping you work through whatever you are dealing with and develop solutions.
How Could A Therapist Help You?
A therapist will work with you on many different challenges you might be going through. Therapists have a wide variety of training to work with issues such as:
- Cyber Bullying
- Family Conflict
- General Life Issues
- Health Issues
- School Difficulties/Behavior issues
Feelings can hurt just as much as anything else. A therapist can help you and/or your child work through and properly express their feelings through therapy.:
Feelings that are generally difficult for children and adolescents to express properly are:
- Low Self-Esteem
Some common conditions that affect children and adolescents are:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Disruptive Behavior Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder
- Trauma-Related Disorders
Why Would Kids Need Therapy?
Everyone has problems in life and children aren’t exempt from that. If a child can’t cope with a problem, they might need to talk to a professional. A therapist helps them discuss their feelings and develop new skills to help workout their problems. As the process goes on, kids practice these new skills and improve their ability to handle their problems.
What Does Therapy Do For Kids?
Therapy takes on a variety of different forms and is often tailored to the specific child that the therapist is working with. During therapy, children talk, do, and learn. The therapist is observing, asking questions, and listening . The interaction and observation helps the therapist learn more.
Your therapist helps you to feel empowered and proud of the work you achieve. Because you do achieve work. Praise and support help to reinforce this.
What Will A Therapist Do?
Working with you and your child, your therapist will ask questions and learn more about you. They listen and observe in order to learn more. Once the therapist has a basic understanding of what challenges you are facing, they will discuss with you and your child how they can work with you.
After this initial learning stage, the two of you will work in a more confidential setting where you might:
- Discuss Things. People express themselves by talking and discussing our feelings help us to understand why we feel that way. The trust developed by talking and listening allows the therapist to work better with you.
- Drawing Feelings. Drawings often express our feelings. By having you draw, the therapist can help you to further understand your feelings.
- Spend Time Playing. Playing is actually a valuable learning tool, even adults learn through playing. The therapist will use playing as a way to develop new skills for homework, schoolwork, and other necessary tasks. Games also teach kids to continue with a task, to not give up.
- Try New Activities. Activities of all kinds can be used to help you work on addressing your feelings, combating your fear, and even on how to feel better about life. Activities are a fun way to learn.
- Develop New Skills. Skills can help you to address your feelings. Calm breathing is just one example of a skill that your therapist might work with you on.
- Work On Problem Solving. Problems arise in life, it is something that you have to work on. A therapist will discuss problems that arise in your life and how you can solve them.
How Long Will Kids Be In Therapy?
Every problem is unique. That means that the length that you will be in therapy varies greatly. An average that many therapists will start with is one meeting a week for at least a few months. This allows time for the process to work.
Can I Help Myself?
Working with a therapist doesn’t mean that you can’t help yourself too. Here are a few things to do to help yourself.
- Get rid of can’t. Can’t is one of the worst words in the dictionary because it holds us back.
- Be ready to grow. Work with those in your life in order to succeed. Don’t hold yourself back.
- Be ready to ask for help. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. When you need it, ask your family and friends.
- Do activities you are good at. Engaging in things you know you are good at makes you confident. You get accomplishments for your day.
- Have fun. No matter how you feel, you should do things that are fun and active. This will help you to engage life and set you up to succeed.
At Children’s Wellness Company, we offer child therapy through licensed providers at a Masters or Doctorate level. To learn more about our child therapy services, contact us at 305-310-4245 or you can email us.