Child Therapy

Child therapy at Child and Family Therapy Center in St Pete

How Child Therapy Works

Child therapy 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 teen and adult therapy in 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

Child and Family Therapy 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 Child Therapy 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.

Does My Child Need Therapy?

There are numerous factors that can influence how your child is behaving and reacting. Learn common reasons therapy might be considered.

Parent Workshops

Parent workshops are a great way to get groups together and provide information and strategies about challenging topics. Click on a workshop below to learn more:

Child crying at school - How do I know if my child needs therapy?
Out of control child having a tantrum, Child Therapy in St. Pete

How Do I Know if My Child Needs Therapy?

Therapy can be a valuable resource for your child or teen as they navigate growing up. There are numerous factors that can influence how your child is behaving and reacting. It can be hard to decide whether an issue is normal and appropriate for the child’s age or a signal that professional help is needed.

If your child has experienced or is dealing with one of the following, a consultation for therapy would be appropriate to maintain mental and behavioral health. For example, life-changing events such as these are difficult for a child or teen to navigate:

  • The death of a loved one including family, friends, or pets
  • A divorce or subsequent new family members such as a step-parent or step-siblings
  • Extreme family tension
  • A move to a new school or residence
  • The birth of a sibling
  • Emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, including bullying

Other Child Behavior to Pay Attention To

  • A noticeable change in behaviors that have lasted for a month or more.
  • They are struggling in school, whether it’s a sudden drop in grades, difficulties with classmates or teachers, or similar situations.
  • Their behaviors are unmanageable and creating stress at home.
  • They have become disinterested in previously enjoyable activities and/or want to stop participating in extracurricular activities.
  • Their worries about their future, their family, their health or the world seem excessive or are unable to be redirected.
Child crying at school - How do I know if my child needs therapy?

How Do I Know if My Child Needs Therapy?

Therapy can be a valuable resource for your child or teen as they navigate growing up. There are numerous factors that can influence how your child is behaving and reacting. It can be hard to decide whether an issue is normal and appropriate for the child’s age or a signal that professional help is needed.

If your child has experienced or is dealing with one of the following, a consultation for therapy would be appropriate to maintain mental and behavioral health. For example, life-changing events such as these are difficult for a child or teen to navigate:

  • The death of a loved one including family, friends, or pets
  • A divorce or subsequent new family members such as a step-parent or step-siblings
  • Extreme family tension
  • A move to a new school or residence
  • The birth of a sibling
  • Emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, including bullying
Out of control child having a tantrum, Child Therapy in St. Pete

Other Child Behavior to Pay Attention To

  • A noticeable change in behaviors that have lasted for a month or more.
  • They are struggling in school, whether it’s a sudden drop in grades, difficulties with classmates or teachers, or similar situations.
  • Their behaviors are unmanageable and creating stress at home.
  • They have become disinterested in previously enjoyable activities and/or want to stop participating in extracurricular activities.
  • Their worries about their future, their family, their health or the world seem excessive or are unable to be redirected.

Counseling Benefits Children

No matter how large or small a struggle or difficulty may seem, therapy can help. Contact is today for a complimentary initial consultation. Issues we treat include:

Anxiety

Life Challenges

Young Children

Generalized anxietyCoping skillsSeparation anxiety
School refusal/anxietyBullyingObsessions
Social anxietyPeer relationshipsPlay therapy
PhobiasCommunication issuesSocialization
Obsessive-compulsive disordersAcademics/college readinessDevelopmental issues
Adoption/foster care

Depression/Mood Issues

Family Conflict

Behavioral Problems

Self-esteem issuesParent-child conflictAttention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Grief and lossSibling rivalryOppositional behaviors
Self-harming behaviorsFamily communicationConduct problems
Suicidal ideationDivorce
Trauma

Therapy services offered in Spanish & English

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558 94th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 231-1031

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