Psychotherapy with children/adolescents is used to treat a variety of problems, such as anxiety disorders, depression, disruptive behavior disorders, as well as other common problems, including difficulties coping with divorce, problems in the parent-child relationship, sibling rivalry, adjustment or acculturation problems, and trauma-related issues.
At Sinews, we practice Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with children and adolescents, a problem-focused, interactive treatment method that has been empirically validated (through scientific research studies) and shown to be very effective when used to treat childhood mental health problems. While the number of sessions required depends upon the individual child and his/her problem, the average number of sessions usually falls between 6 and 12.
In some cases, a play therapy component may be added to the treatment sessions. Play therapy can be very helpful for children coping with loss, grief, and/or trauma, or for young children who have difficulty participating in the standard CBT sessions due to their age/developmental level.
In addition, psychotherapy for problems such as ADHD or defiant behavior often involves the parents more than the children. This is referred to as psychoeducation, and is used to help parents learn now to manage their child’s behavior outside of the therapy setting, or may simply be used to support and enhance parenting skills.