Therapy for kids and teens often looks different than it does for adults. Especially for young children, talk therapy alone can be limiting. Therefore other methods such as play and art therapy or mindfulness techniques are used to help kids and teens increase self awareness, self control, empathy, and attentiveness.
These creative methods of therapy are adapted to each child’s or family’s developmental level. It can help children communicate emotions and thoughts in ways they cannot put into words directly. Play therapy can make internal conflicts or negative thought patterns apparent and addressable.
Play therapy, art therapy, and similar techniques have been shown to:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be an effective method for improving mental health and quality of life for concerns ranging from generalized anxiety to depression to eating disorders and more serious concerns.
Unlike other forms of therapy, CBT focuses on the “right now,” rather than deep-diving into the cause of the problem. It helps clients to recognize their own unproductive thoughts and behaviors in the moment and provides methods to change them.
CBT allows for self-reflection and self-correction.
CBT has been supported in both psychological research and clinical practice, and has been found to be as or more helpful than comparable techniques and medications.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Plus (CBT+)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Plus (CBT+) is an integration of multiple therapeutic techniques, specifically:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
All of these therapies are evidence-based and emphasize approaching problems from different perspectives.
CBT+ allows for a broader view of the presenting concern, and incorporates real-world problems into the framework. For example, CBT+ integrates concerns such as poverty, racism, and marginalization into the approach to treatment.
CBT+ also adds a stronger emphasis to relationships and dives further into the history of the client.
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based, modified form of CBT which is specifically designed to help children and their parents overcome the negative and often devastating effects of trauma, especially PTSD symptoms.
Taking a trauma-informed approach to family therapy can help parents learn optimal ways to support their child and the skills their child is learning in therapy. It also teaches parents effective parenting skills associated with dealing with behaviors that accompany trauma. Improvements developed by TF-CBT have been shown to be long term – parental emotional distress, child’s anxiety, and related symptoms still showed improvement 1 and 2 years after completing therapy.Trauma may be caused by:
Sexual or physical abuse
Traumatic loss of a loved one
Exposure to violence – domestic, school, community
Exposure to disaster – weather, terrorist attacks, war
Serious medical procedures, operations, or hospitalizations
And more…TF-CBT can help develop skills such as:
Interpersonal trustTF-CBT can address concerns including:
Internalization of feelings
TF-CBT can be helpful for kids ages 3-18 and their families. This approach can also be used to help couples and individuals overcome trauma. TF-CBT is tailored to each child and family to be developmentally appropriate and conducive to each situation.
TF-CBT approach has three core stages of therapy, Stabilization, Trauma Narrative, and Integration/Consolidation. Each of these stages are broken down into individual steps. The acronym of these steps is PRACTICE.
2. Trauma Narrative
3. Integration and Consolidation
It is well documented that the most harm to children during and after a divorce is how parents handle themselves and their interactions with each other, not the divorce itself.
Co-parent therapy is designed to help divorced or separated parents work together to best meet the needs of the child(ren). Even when the parents aren’t together, kids still need love and support – this can become interrupted by emotions from the breakup and divorce process.
The relationship between co-parents can have a strong impact on the emotional and mental development and wellbeing of the children. Co-parenting therapy helps parents learn how to develop a new cordial, working relationship to best support the kids.
It helps both parents have an active role in child rearing, problem-solving, and decision-making, and can help eliminate dysfunctional, emotionally-charged interactions.
Co-Parenting therapy helps teach both parents how to:
Documented Benefits of Co-Parenting for Children
Children of all ages with parents who have adopted co-parenting practices have been shown to have:
Toddlers with co-parenting parents show increased compliance and decreased aggression compared to those who do not.
Low parental cooperation has been linked with passivity, problems with attention, and lower math grades of 3rd grade students.
Additionally, it has been shown to negatively impact the child’s relationship to each of their parents, and increase negative behavior toward each parent.
It also may be a factor in antisocial behavior in children.
Please note that co-parenting therapy is relational and therefore will not be covered by insurance. For cash pay rates, please call the office.
- Eating Psychology
Eating Psychology Coaching is an exciting and cutting edge approach developed by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
It effectively addresses concerns including:
Body image challenges
Various nutrition related health concerns
Oftentimes, our eating challenges are connected to work, money, relationships, family, intimacy, life stress, and so much more.
According to the Institute for the Psychology of Eating – In America:
Eating Psychology coaches are able to support you with both strategies and nutrition principles.
The strategies provided are doable, sustainable, and nourishing and, most importantly, yield results.
For eating psychology articles, look here.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Please see our Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) page here.
- Parent Child Interaction Training
Please see our Parent-Child Interaction Training (PCIT) page here.
- Pride Program and Resilience Group
Please see our Pride Program and Resilience Group page here.