Children and adolescents tend to have unique issues that take a unique approach to address. A child may not be able to talk about their problems in the same way an adult can, so the therapist will work to create a relationship with the child to help. Being a teenager can be challenging as they face their life issues not being an adult and not being a child. Parenting children, younger and older, can also be challenging at times. A therapist can help bridge the gap between the parent or caregiver and the child or adolescent.
A therapist working with a young child will use a variety of techniques to help. Children are unique because they often can understand more than they are able to put into words, so the therapist will need to build a relationship that feels safe for the child and find ways for that the child can openly express themselves. Play or art therapy may be used because it allows children to creatively express their emotions. The therapist will work to help the child feel more empowered and improve their self-esteem, as well as to learn skills to help them feel safe in different situations.
Teenagers face unique challenges and pressures, and often feel that no one understands them or their unique situation. Therapy can help the teen see that there is someone who can understand and that they are not alone in their struggles. The therapist will work to help the teen feel comfortable and safe to share what they are facing and their emotions. It’s not uncommon for teenagers to feel they need someone outside of their family in order to feel heard. A teen wanting this is not an indication of poor parenting.
Teens may be struggling with their identity, feel pressure to achieve, fighting to gain independence, experiencing academic issues, the tension of fitting in socially, being bullied, and more. It’s important they have someone they can openly talk to that is in the position to help them make positive choices, feel more empowered, and improve their self-esteem and self-image.
Child and adolescent therapy are not designed to exclude the parents or caregivers, and it is to help heal and strengthen the relationship. It also is a great place to learn positive parenting skills. Therapy is not designed to point out negative parenting, but rather to help point out parenting that is working and ways to improve parenting specific for your child. Therapy can help your family be more harmonious and develop communication skills, both of which will become aids for the family for years to come.
Contact Lauren Lowe in the Sacramento area today and start the process to help your child. You can briefly explain your child or adolescent’s issue, and she can tell you about the benefits therapy can have for your family.