Child therapy is beneficial when a child’s emotional distress is disrupting daily functioning, threatens to overwhelm the child, parents, and family, or interferes with the achievement of age-appropriate educational and developmental milestones.
Child therapy is beneficial when a child’s emotional distress is disrupting daily functioning, threatens to overwhelm the child, parents, and family, or interferes with the achievement of age-appropriate educational and developmental milestones. Signs of emotional distress may include fearfulness, social withdrawal, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, low frustration tolerance, a lack of self-confidence, poor social skills, school avoidance, or poor academic performance. Your child may complain that no one likes him or her, may become upset easily, may not appropriately express him or herself, or may refuse to cooperate with tasks at school and in the home.
Children who are experiencing emotional difficulties let us know they are struggling through the behaviors the child exhibits. Some examples of these behaviors include: not listening, yelling, swearing, hitting, crying, and withdrawing. Before new and healthier cognitive skills can be taught, the specific skill deficits must be identified. At Petrus Psychology, we work with children to identify triggers. Using a collaborative therapeutic approach, we help the child gain awareness, increase self worth, and develop new and healthy coping mechanisms.
Parents play an integral role in the treatment of their children and are included in the treatment process at Petrus Psychology. Parents are kept up-to-date on the interventions and strategies that are being implemented during session so that they can recognize and reinforce the changes that the child makes when they are in their home and school environment. Parents receive guidance and support regarding the strategies they can use to support positive behavior change and are viewed as an invaluable source of information about the strengths and weaknesses of their children.