Taking Your Child to a Therapistenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-therapist-enHD-AR1.jpgMany children and teens have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. Going to therapy helps them cope better, feel better, and do better.therapy, psychotherapy, counselors, counselor, therapist, therapists, emotions, feelings, emotional problems, behavior, behavioral problems, depressed, depression, sad, irritable, temper tantrums, mental health, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, cognitive-behavioral therapy, eating disorders, biting, habits, mental health, mental health problems, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, ocd, anxious, anxiety, childhood stress, stress, divorce, moving to a new home, crying, relaxation therapy, stress management, individual therapy, family therapy, CD1Behavioral Health, CD1Psychology/Psychiatry05/31/200003/05/201803/05/2018Colleen C. Cullinan, PhD03/01/201836c31f3c-0467-4e71-8c7e-c6274c9f2c8fhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/finding-therapist.html/<h3>What Is Therapy?</h3> <p>Many children and teens have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. Therapy is a type of treatment for these problems. It is a way to get help for your child.</p> <p>In therapy, kids talk and learn how to work out their problems. Going to therapy helps them cope better, communicate better, and do better.</p> <h3>What Problems Do Therapists Help With?</h3> <p>Therapists are trained to help with all kinds of problems. For example, they help kids and teens going through <strong>tough times</strong> like:</p> <ul> <li>family problems</li> <li>school problems</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bullies.html/">bullying</a></li> <li>health problems</li> </ul> <p>They help with <strong>feelings</strong> like:</p> <ul> <li>sadness</li> <li>anger</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/stress.html/">stress</a> and worry</li> <li>low <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/self-esteem.html/">self-esteem</a></li> <li>grief</li> </ul> <p>They help kids and teens with <strong>conditions</strong> like:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/adhd-therapy.html/">ADHD</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/understanding-depression.html/">depression</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ocd.html/">OCD</a> and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anxiety.html/">anxiety</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eating-disorders.html/">eating disorders</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cutting.html/">self-injury</a></li> <li>disruptive behavior disorders</li> <li>trauma-related disorders</li> </ul> <h3>Why Do Kids and Teens Need Therapy?</h3> <p>Kids and teens need therapy when they have problems they can't cope with alone. Or they need help when problems affect how well they do, feel, or act. If things don't get better on their own, kids may need therapy so things can improve. Sometimes, entire families need support while trying to communicate, learn, and create boundaries.</p> <h3>How Does Therapy Work?</h3> <p>In therapy, kids learn by doing. With younger kids, this means working with the whole family, drawing, playing, and talking. For older kids and teens, therapists share activities and ideas that focus on learning the skills they need. They talk through feelings and solve problems.</p> <p>Therapists give praise and support as kids learn. They help kids believe in themselves and find their strengths. Therapy builds helpful thinking patterns and healthy behavioral habits.</p> <p>A therapist might meet with the child and parent together or meet with the child alone. It depends on the child's age. A therapist might also meet with a parent to give tips and ideas for how to help their child at home.</p> <h3>What Happens in Therapy?</h3> <p>At first, the therapist will meet with you and your child to talk. They will ask questions and listen. This helps them learn more about your child and about the problem. The therapist will tell you how they can help.</p> <p>After that, your child will go to more therapy visits. At these visits, your child might:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>Talk.</strong> Talking is a healthy way to express feelings. When kids put feelings into words instead of actions, they can act their best. When someone listens and knows how they feel, kids are more ready to learn.</li> <li><strong>Do activities.</strong> Therapists use activities to teach about feelings and coping skills. They may have kids draw or play as a way to learn. They may teach mindfulness and calm breathing as a way to lower stress.</li> <li><strong>Practice new skills.</strong> Therapists help kids practice what they learn. They might play games where kids need to wait their turn, use self-control, be patient, follow directions, listen, share, try again, or deal with losing.</li> <li><strong>Solve problems.</strong> With older kids and teens, therapists ask how problems affect them at home, at school. They talk over how to solve these problems.</li> </ul> <h3>How Long Do Kids Do Therapy?</h3> <p>How long therapy lasts depends on the goals you and your child's therapist have. Most of the time, a therapist will want to meet with your child once a week for a few months.</p> <h3>How Can Parents Help?</h3> <p>You can do things to help your child get the most from therapy. Here are some of them:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>Find a therapist you and your child feel comfortable with.</strong> Your child's health care team can help you find someone.</li> <li><strong>Take your child to all the appointments.</strong> Change takes time. It takes many therapy visits for your child to learn new skills and keep them up.</li> <li><strong>Meet with your child's therapist.</strong> Ask what to do when your child shows problems at home. Ask how to help your child do well.</li> <li><strong>Spend time with your child.</strong> Play, cook, read, or laugh together. Do this every day, even if it's only for a few minutes.</li> <li><strong>Parent with patience and warmth.</strong> Use kind words, even when you need to correct your child. Show love. Give praise when your child is doing well or trying hard.</li> </ul>Llevar a su hijo a un terapeutaMuchos niños y adolescentes tienen problemas que afectan cómo se sienten, actúan y aprenden. La terapia es un tipo de tratamiento de este tipo de problemas. Es una forma de que su hijo reciba la ayuda que necesita.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/finding-therapist-esp.html/345ab057-e78a-4a67-b975-1af6ea3439ca
About Teen SuicideWhen a teen commits suicide, everyone is affected. The reasons behind a suicide or attempted suicide can be complex, but often there are warning signs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/suicide.html/e5d8251a-59a1-4497-88b5-6cb66cd2631e
Anxiety DisordersAnxiety is a natural part of life, and most of us experience it from time to time. But for some people, anxiety can be extreme.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/anxiety.html/d048acee-87d1-4b88-ba46-0d62747ec768
CuttingIt can be hard to understand, but people who cut themselves sometimes do it because it actually makes them feel better. They are overflowing with emotions - like sadness, depression, or anger - that they have trouble expressing.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/cutting.html/33dde8f5-8c32-469a-a30f-fa40ca15efc6
Fears and PhobiasFear is a normal human reaction that protects us by signaling danger and preparing us to deal with it. Get the facts about fears and phobias and what causes them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/phobias.html/30d316c9-a38a-492f-95f8-d33304e0856f
Finding Low-Cost Mental Health CareIf you need mental health care but don't think you can afford it, you're not alone. Get tips on finding low-cost or free mental health care in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mhealth-care.html/1d8bc05d-7696-4dda-910b-0d06f3855508
Going to a TherapistWhat's it like to go to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or therapist? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/going-to-therapist.html/98f4f29c-08f9-42ae-84d2-a492759ee506
Helping Your Child Deal With DeathHelping kids cope with the death of a loved one can be hard, particularly as you work through your own grief. Here are some tips.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/death.html/915b54ec-3a4c-4be8-be94-af754512fe49
Helping Your Child Through a DivorceBy minimizing the stress a divorce creates, being patient as everyone adjusts to the new situation, and responding openly and honestly to your kids' concerns, you can help them through this difficult time.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/help-child-divorce.html/06b3a045-881a-43f5-9611-1a848b112a1e
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Kids and teens who live through a traumatic event can develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Healing is possible with the help of professional counseling and support from loved ones.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ptsd.html/92c63abe-dcb4-4c38-9ed3-a7aaabdaea05
School CounselorsSchool counselors can give you all sorts of tips and support on solving problems and making good decisions. But how do you meet with a counselor and what is it like? Find out here.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/school-counselors.html/5bda8647-47da-4249-bd91-9123ca104336
Talking About Your FeelingsNoticing your feelings and saying how you feel can help you feel better. This article for kids has ideas on how to practice talking about feelings and emotions.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/talk-feelings.html/1ef983f4-2c73-4b5b-9b90-b0669af591de
Therapy for ADHDTherapy is part of the treatment for most people diagnosed with ADHD. This article is for teens who want to know what to expect from therapy and how it works for ADHD.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/adhd-therapy.html/b57a50f3-05ee-4430-a9a5-6d5975533a21
Why Do People Get Depressed?There's no one reason why people get depressed - many different things can play a role. Find out more about the things that can trigger depression.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/why-depressed.html/d1e33cf3-a49d-4f8e-863b-f9423ee608d5
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