Children go through changes in their moods and behaviors as they grow. Some of these changes are predictable. They can be challenging, but most are normal parts of child development. Each phase of development brings specific challenges for children. They tend to work through these as normal a part of growing up. While some contribute to the emotional development of the child, others may be detrimental to their mental and emotional well-being.. These could have been traumatic events, such as being bullied. They can also be routine, like moving to a new home. When children reach adolescence, changes in the nature of platonic and romantic relationships can cause strife. Social pressures, changing expectations and roles, and trauma can contribute towards a variety of concerns like disordered eating, substance abuse, or the onset of genetically influenced mental illness.
The Thought Co. offers well-informed and compassionate therapists who are able to facilitate the client’s growth through more fruitful and healthy channels than what might have been made available to the children/adolescents. We focus on play and talk therapy, to help them understand the causes of their distress and to learn sustainable coping strategies. The goal is to show lasting changes in emotional states and behaviors.
We have noticed that sometimes, concerned family members feel the need to bring their wards to therapy, but our sole aim is to provide aid to the individual in distress. Often, the ward isn’t as distressed as the family member, and at such an event, we would invite the family member to consider seeking a safe space to also explore their concerns and work through them.
What to expect in your counselling session?
Rapport and trust are integral in your therapeutic journey. Your counsellor will spend the initial part of your therapeutic journey strengthening this, and creating a safe, affirming, and non-judgmental atmosphere for you. During this engagement, your counselor will understand your current concerns, explore your world with your perspective, what causes your distress, set goals for therapy.
The process for assessment and evaluation varies depending on the age of the child or teen. Therapy is a collaborative process with a family member(s) and often involves regularly scheduled meetings.
As teens approach older adolescence, familial involvement typically decreases in order for them to build trust and safety with the counselor. When appropriate, the counselor may ask to consult with pediatricians and psychiatrists.
Once your counsellor has gained an adequate understanding of your beliefs, attachment styles, present triggers, unresolved conflicts, unhealed trauma, and its impact- they will then begin to work, with your readiness, on letting go of any patterns that are harmful to the full development of your personality and mental health.
During therapy attention will be brought to factors like identity, sensitivity, beliefs, unrealistic expectations, self-acceptance, and relationships which affect you in ways that are very unique to your experience and deserve their space.
Your counselor will help you to identify and add to your preexisting support system, and chart a course of action to tackle each of the conflicts that cause you distress, till you feel you have learned enough coping styles to not need assistance.
You may find noticeable changes after a few sessions where you would be able to identify triggers, deal with conflict effectively, and are able to break the cycle of negative thoughts or react to negative events effectively.