Therapy can get a bad rap. As a therapist working with children, adolescents and teens, I frequently hear: “Oh no, my child doesn’t have any problems”.
Therapists do see many children struggling with behavior and mood problems. However, the reality is that all kids (and parents!) can benefit from therapeutic support.
The following are ten (of many!) reasons therapy may be a great fit for your family:
Therapy introduces kids to a range of emotions other than "happy", "sad, and "angry". It can be invaluable for your child to understand that they are "disappointed" rather than "angry".
Therapy will decrease distressing or unhealthy behaviors or mood disturbances.
Therapy allows time to practice new, healthy patterns of behavior.
In a therapeutic relationship, the child does not have to worry about hurting anyone’s feelings or facing punishment for what they do or say.
Therapists are trained to focus on the best in their client, and consistent recognition of positive traits raises self-esteem.
Therapy provides structure in a safe and supportive environment. For an hour each week, your child can depend on having a set time to work out their problems.
Therapy normalizes big feelings and gives comfort in knowing that they are not alone in experiencing emotions.
Teaching kids coping and distress tolerance skills is an excellent way to prevent emotional or behavioral issues in the future.
Therapy empowers kids so they learn to trust their ability to make good choices.
Therapy teaches problem solving skills to help kids handle everyday stressors.
Do you have questions about children's therapy? Contact me today to learn more about this and other great benefits.