How Child Therapy Works

How Child Therapy Works

Child psychotherapy is the creation of a therapeutic relationship which is almost solely focused on the emotional and social well-being of the child. It differs from adult therapy is several important ways.

  • It’s very forward-oriented. A child grows and changes so fast that looking back may be irrelevant.
  • The language of child therapy is largely non-verbal. Child therapists use activity, unstructured play, games and relationship to communicate with children.
  • The therapist creates a therapeutic space in which growth and introspection are welcomed and demonstrated. Different strategies are often employed in adult therapy where questions and silences are frequent.

Our approach

The Children’s Counseling Center tailors each session to meet your child’s needs and abilities. Throughout sessions, various worksheets, activities, and stress-relieving techniques will be employed to build comfort, rapport, and trust between therapist and child to help him or her achieve the most benefit possible from each session.

We use a combination of therapies, organized to suit the individual needs of the child:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Choices Theory
  • Play Therapy
  • Narrative/Communication Therapy
  • Family Therapy

A typical therapeutic session

When you ask what your child did during the therapeutic hour, he or she is likely to say “Nothing. We played.” It’s the same as asking what they did at school. Sometimes you will see the products of the session–artwork, a new game to play at home, maybe even a new strategy for better communication.

The job of the child therapist is to help children do three things:

1. Identify what they’re feeling.
2. Explore what they’re feeling.
3. Express what they’re feeling.

With these things accomplished, your child will be well on his or her way to feeling better about himself or herself.

For more information on how child therapy works, how best to tell your child about the appointment, and other details, please contact us. Also review our Frequently Asked Questions page.