Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy therapy works through enabling the ‘internal’ thoughts and feelings of children to come to light. The working through of these often unconscious thoughts and feelings with the therapist leads to new understanding that makes real change possible.
Play is fundamental to psychotherapy with younger children. The child’s ‘internal’ thoughts and feelings are expressed through their play in a way that enables a therapist to understand what is going on for the child. The different toys and art materials in the therapy room provide opportunities for the play that is at the heart of coming to understand the child’s difficulties.
For older children there is more emphasis on ‘talking’ as the means of exploring their difficulties. However, older children and young people can also find it helpful to draw or write alongside talking. The treatment style I will utilise will be focused on the specific needs of the child. No two children are the same and therefore treatment styles will vary from child to child depending on the issues they are facing.
Adolescence is defined as the period of life from 13 to 18 years of age. During this time, a young person experiences transformations on several levels (physical, emotional, psychological). These transformations can cause difficulties for adolescents as they as they struggle to understand the rapidly changing world that they are living in.
There are a growing number of challenges facing adolescents in the world today, struggles which include but are not limited to:
- Academic Difficulties
- Peer Pressure
- Parental Divorce
- Low Mood
- Low Self-Confidence
- Social Withdrawal
I work with the adolescent by giving them a space to talk about any issues in a safe non-judgemental environment. This helps to give them confidence in self-expression and improve their communication levels. Depending on the issue at stake for the adolescent, I will use a combination of approaches in order to find what works best with that particular young person.
How our Psychotherapy process works
After booking an appointment an initial consultation will take place.
This consultation will be attended by the parents only and generally lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours.
At this meeting we will discuss the parents concerns for their child/adolescent and their life history in detail as well as potential strategies that might support their child at home.
If Psychotherapy treatment is seen as the best way forward I will organise with the parents a day and time on which sessions will commence.
On-going psychotherapy could either be for a short period of a few months or for longer periods of over a year. Typically, I see children/adolescents for a minimum of 12-16 sessions depending on the presenting problem.
Therapy sessions last for approximately 50 minutes and are confidential to the child.
While therapy is ongoing I would meet regularly with parents (generally every 6 weeks). The purpose of these meetings is to talk through how best to support their child through the difficulties that they are experiencing.
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