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In children and adolescents, playing, drawing, building, and pretending, as well as talking, are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems.
Therapy helps children and adolescents in a variety of ways. They receive emotional support, resolve conflicts with people, understand feelings and problems, and try out new solutions to old problems. Goals for therapy may be specific (change in behavior, improved relations with friends or family), or more general (less anxiety, better self-esteem). The length of therapy depends on the complexity and severity of problems.
Youth Sensitive * Culturally Appropriate Services
What about therapy with children? Is it different?
Yes, it is. Children do not recognize or discuss their feelings, emotions and problems the same way as adults. Children also respond differently than adults to trauma, stress and emotions. In fact, they often lack the conceptual awareness of their own behaviors and how they are related to their feelings, fears and experiences. However, children do engage in play easily. This play is a expressive form of communication. Therapist trained in play therapy have specific techniques to engage children in play to assess their issues, help children express what is happening inside of them, and work through problem solving, natural progression and moving past issues that are causing them distress. As a parent, you are involved in the process from assessment to treatment. There may be points during treatment that your child's therapist asks you to join the session, but that depends on your child's needs.
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