As children grow, both their bodies and their minds go through some pretty amazing changes. These changes can be stressful though and, just like adults handle stress differently, every child deals with these changes a little differently too.
In addition to the stresses of going through different growth stages, when environmental factors like divorcing parents, birth or death of a loved one, moving, or being bullied are thrown into the mix, it can become tough for many children and adolescents to know how to process their feelings and emotions on their own.
If your child is struggling with any type of stress, child therapy can help get them back on their feet, and can help them learn coping mechanisms to better deal with future stressors more productively.
Whereas therapy with adults is generally defined almost entirely by verbal communication, therapy with children and adolescents often includes both verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as games that help the therapist interact with children in a way that is familiar and comfortable for them.
By creating a safe space for children to communicate with therapists in a variety of different ways, therapy helps build their emotional and social skills, helps improve communication and can help strengthen their ties to their families and communities.
Therapy for children and adolescents should not be seen as a last resort or a punishment; instead, it is a proactive measure parents can take to help position their children for future success.
If you have noticed a change in your child’s moods or behaviors, contact us to learn more about how we can help your child face their future with confidence.