Child & Adolescent Therapy
Therapy may help children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior. Although there are different types of therapy, each relies on communication as the basic tool for bringing about change in feelings and behaviors. Therapy may involve an individual child, or a family. In children and adolescents, playing, drawing, building, and pretending, as well as talking, are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems.
As part of the initial assessment, the therapist or psychologist will determine the need for therapy. This will be based on several factors including, the child’s current problems, history, level of development, ability to cooperate with treatment, and what interventions are most likely to help with the presenting concerns.
Therapy is often used in combination with other treatments (e.g., medication, behavior management, or work with the school). The relationship that develops between the therapist and the child 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 therapy in a helpful way.
Therapy and Children
Is therapy right for my child?
Therapy helps children and adolescents in a variety of ways. They receive emotional support, resolve conflicts with people, understand feelings and problems, and try out new solutions. Goals for therapy may be specific (e.g., change in behavior, improved relations with friends or family), or more general (e.g., less anxiety, improved self-esteem).
Parents may wish to ask the following questions about therapy:
- Why is therapy being recommended?
- What results can I expect?
- How long will my child be involved in therapy?
- How frequently will my child be seen?
- Will the therapist/psychologist be meeting with just my child or with the entire family?
- How much do therapy sessions cost?
- How will I be informed about my child’s progress and how can I help?
- How soon can I expect to see some changes?
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Sioux City, Iowa 51105
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