Children can experience the same mental and emotional problems that adults do, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and more. It’s not always easy for parents to discuss these issues with their children. Plus, with the stigma of mental health, nobody wants their child to “need therapy,” which is unfortunate, because therapy can change lives for the better. Whether children have traumatic issues or are struggling with the brave and simple act of being human, qualified professionals can help them deal with many difficult subjects.
It makes sense that parents and guardians need professional insight, especially for tender subjects or developmental issues of growing up. While many people consider child therapy for big issues like abuse, neglect and trauma, it can have an equally significant impact on positive growth and strengths.
Play therapy, behavioral therapy and expressive therapy all provide children with tools to survive after a trauma and eventually thrive. Therapy sessions can focus on working toward an optimistic future, developing positive coping methods, as well as boosting self-esteem, self-confidence, and other positive states and traits in children.
Child therapy can include the individual child; the child and a parent or parents; or even more than one family. It is often administered by a counselor or therapist who specializes in working with children, and who can offer the parents and/or guardians insights that may not be immediately apparent.
Child therapy is a 6-month program. The therapist and client(s) can cover a wide variety of issues that include: