Psychotherapy helps children in a variety of ways. They receive emotional support, can resolve conflicts, understand feelings and problems, and try out new solutions to old problems. Goals for therapy may be specific (change in behavior, improved relations with friends and family) or more general (less anxiety, better self-esteem). The length of psychotherapy depends on the complexity and severity of the symptoms. In working with children, talking, playing and drawing are all important ways of sharing feelings, communicating and resolving conflicts in psychotherapy.
Primary caretakers may have the following questions about psychotherapy:
What is Play Therapy - Child Therapy?
Play therapy is a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the "language" of the child in play. Because children's language development lags behind their cognitive development, they communicate their awareness of what is happening in their world through their play or their lack of ability/capacity to play. In play therapy, toys are viewed as the child's words and play as the child's language-a language of activity. Play therapy, then, is to children what talk therapy is to adults.
How long will my child be involved in therapy?
The frequency of sessions will be determined during the assessment period. A session last 50 minutes. Frequency of appointments can vary from once a week to twice a week, depending on your child's needs. We can continue to discuss treatment goals during the assessment phase and during our monthly parent meeting.
Will the therapist be meeting with just my child or with the entire family?
The frequency of parent meetings will also be determined during the assessment period and may change as treatment deepens. Parent meeting times very depending on the nature of the meeting.