Therapy for Children
Is your child struggling?
Having meltdowns several times week or even daily?
Acting oppositional and defiant?
Maybe your child just sees "sad or upset?"
Is your child refusing to go to day care or school?
Has your child seen or experienced something that was
scary or upsetting?
Are you, as the parent overwhelmed, exhausted and at your wit's end?
It may be time to get your child in therapy.
The first step is assessment
The first session is assessing the reason for therapy, exploring what is going on and identifying if there is a need for therapy.
At Your Story Rewritten, LLC Cerissa Rhodes and interns prefer to meet with parents alone for the first session to gather information. This allows parents to be open and free about their child's history and behavior without concerns about how their child may respond.
These session may seem intrusive as parents will be asked about the child's history including:
discussing their birth
any traumatic events the family has experienced
information about the family including parents and siblings
current and past symptoms and behavior.
This information is vital in understanding the child and their behavior.
The therapist will continue assessing for the first few sessions including formalized assessments with the caregivers and if age appropriate the children. All assessments will be reviewed with the parents, diagnoses shared and together a plan for treatment will be made.
What does therapy with children look like?
Children's first language is play and with that in mind children 6 and therapist will utilize play therapy techniques...it is how young children learn, communicate and explore their world. Yes, this can be done both in person and virtually!
Older children that meet with the therapist, may share "all we did was play uno" or "I just painted." Rest assured parents, more is taking place than they realize.
Young children experience their world through the attachment of their caregivers. Therefore, for children under the age of 12 parents should be prepared to be highly involved. Participating in assessments, being present in family sessions, engaging in parent only sessions and assisting with activities and practicing skills outside of sessions.
A lot of the success of therapy is in the relationship between the therapist and client. This is no different when working with children. The therapist will invest significant time and interest in building trust and safety in their relationship with both the children and parents.