Is your child’s behavior age-appropriate or worrisome?
Do emotions seem too big to handle?
Are they getting into trouble all the time?
Child therapy helps younger children who have fewer coping skills and less control over their environment. Early in a child’s years, they are less able to verbalize emotional problems and don’t know how to show their distress. That distress can come out in ways such as poor behavior. As parents you often see the “acting out,” or power struggles as the problem. However, the real issue may be with sleeping, eating, disrespect, or personal safety. Sometimes children even express emotional difficulties as physical complaints such as “tummy aches.”
How does Child Therapy Help
As your child works their way through their child development stages, they learn best using a mix of techniques. Child therapy uses Play and direct teaching because these are already familiar avenues for a young child to experience an adult. Through the therapeutic use of play, children are given the opportunity to express their feelings naturally, and safely. This enables the healing process to begin. Combined with direct teaching, your child can develop skills to promote appropriate behavior to problem solve, make good decisions, and control their impulses.
How We Help
Child Therapy at Bellevue Family Counseling primarily uses experience-based therapies such as sand tray, art, or Play Therapy. These offer your child the opportunity to identify, discuss, and understand the emotions that create their internal distress. Next, we process those emotions and develop appropriate tools and skills, in age-appropriate ways. In this way, they learn to manage the internal and external conflicts that are their struggles and express them more effectively and appropriately.
Therapy can help your child:
- Identify and cope with feelings
- Enhance self-confidence and competence
- Reduce anxiety about challenging life events
- Develop skills to promote appropriate behavior