Child Adolescent Therapy

 

Child and adolescent therapy can help young people dealing with emotional difficulties, who have experienced emotional trauma, or live in a stressful or dysfunctional environment. The majority of the issues these children face are very similar to the challenges adults face daily. Grief, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and self-harm are some of the most common problems that children and adults face. On the other hand, child and adolescent therapy is age-appropriate and aims to explain these issues to young people so that they can understand them and learn to cope with difficult situations.

Who are child therapists?

Child therapists are professionals who offer valuable insight into your child’s emotional and social development, as well as their psychological well-being. It is critical to understand that “malfunctions” in these areas are not always apparent to those closest to the child or adolescent. And this is where psychotherapists can help. Therapists have the expertise and knowledge to identify, assess, pinpoint, recognize, and treat a wide range of psychological well-being conditions, mental distress, and adjustment problems (for example, parent-child relationship issues, grief, bullying, new school, and divorce).

Child therapists provide various services to affected children and teenagers, such as talk therapy, art therapy, play therapy, and others. Most importantly, therapists have the necessary experience to assist your child in resolving their issues and returning to a productive and healthy lifestyle. It is also critical to recognise that youths experiencing mental health issues may find it challenging to communicate with their parents. This is not because your child dislikes you; instead, they are afraid of hurting your feelings or disappointing you.

Thus, the primary goal of teen therapists is to assist teens in better understanding and interpreting the problems they are facing and the emotional trauma that has occurred in a way that they can understand and effectively process. When a teen’s emotional, social challenges and mental distress go unaddressed, it can significantly negatively impact their developmental milestones and educational goals. It can, in particular, cause delays that may become apparent later in life. However, keep in mind that the therapy sessions can benefit children of all ages, including preschoolers, toddlers, adolescents, and teens.

Finally, this type of therapy focuses on assisting adolescents and children in working through their mental health and emotions so that they can return to their everyday lives free of the long-term effects of trauma, anxiety, confusion, and fear. The good news is that you can protect your child’s mental health simply by observing their behaviour.

If you notice a change in your child’s behaviour or something questionable about your child’s feelings, make an appointment with a therapist or look for a youth psychologist for a thorough emotional assessment. A professional assessment can ensure that your child receives the best possible psychological care for their problem.

When to seek adolescent or child therapy?

When a teen is experiencing pain from psychological, emotional, social, or mental trauma or distress, it can be challenging to manage, especially if you are unsure how to treat the condition. And this is where a child therapist can come in handy.

Mental health professionals can identify the underlying issues affecting your child’s general well-being and health and treat them quickly so that they can return to their normal lifestyle. The fact is that most adolescents are unable to entirely understand and process the complications that follow psychological and emotional disorders they are facing, so therapy might be just what is required for the child to progress.

As a guardian or parent, you need nothing else rather than the happiness and well-being of your child. However, at times conditions occur that you cannot just fix by yourself- mainly when you are mentally invested in the condition as a parent or guardian. That is the best time to depend on somebody with capability in the field.

The type of mental problems that therapists treat

Well, teen counsellors deal with a range of problems. For example, they assist teens who have experienced distress or upheaval, such as losing a loved one (parent, home, siblings, or pet), in coping with the situation. Here is another example, therapists provide therapy sessions for adolescents who have been subjected to or witnessed intimidation or abuse.
The following is a list of some of the most common issues addressed by adolescent counselling.

  • Low moods, depression, and lack of motivation
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Self-harm and suicidal ideations
  • Parent-child relationship issues
  • Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
  • Experiencing and witnessing trauma occasions
  • Relocation issues such as families, homes, cities, and changing schools
  • Bullying
  • Divorce
  • Family substance addiction and abuse
  • Mental distress and psychological health conditions
  • Death of a pet, parent, or loved one.

How to identify that your child needs a therapist?

There are numerous signs and symptoms that your child may require therapy. A teen or child, for example, who has suddenly begun to behave abnormally may need to consult with a psychological expert. Furthermore, a teen who has experienced significant trauma in the past or recently, such as chronic illness, sexual abuse, or the death of a family member, and has not received emotional treatment for it, will benefit from teen counselling. The following are some of the most common signs and symptoms of emotional distress:

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Significant changes in a teen’s behaviour
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideations
  • Constant anxiety and worry
  • Unprovoked aggression
  • Alcohol abuse and addiction
  • Sudden academic decline or low grades

If you notice that your child is experiencing some symptoms described above and find it challenging to share with you, contact me to schedule a therapy session for your child.

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Issues that I can help with

  • Abuse: Domestic Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Violence

  • Trauma: Childhood Trauma, Post-Traumatic Symptoms

  • Depression: Situational Depression, Bereavement, Lack of Motivation and Apathy

  • Self-Worth: Self-Esteem Issues/Self-Confidence, Resilience Skills, Self-Harm

  • Fears: Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour

  • Relationships: Relationship Breakdown, Relationship Difficulties, Parent-Child Relationship

  • Stress: Anger, Anxiety, Stress, Traumatic Events, Work-Related Issues, Work-Life Balance

  • Suicide: Suicidal Ideations/Thoughts, Suicide Bereavement

Tatjana Simakova

Tatjana Simakova
MA APCP IACAT

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