WHAT IS CHILD THERAPY?
In child therapy, the therapeutic relationship is almost solely focused on the emotional and social well-being of the child. Child therapy differs from adult therapy in several important ways.
HOW DOES CHILD THERAPY DIFFER FROM ADULT THERAPY?
As emotional growth in children is relevant to their age and level of development, the most notable difference between child therapy and adult therapy is that the focus of therapy is on the present ongoing process of who
they are and who they will become (rather than their past experiences). Participation in Child Therapy can assist a child in developing a strong sense of self, emotional strength, healthy relationships, and effective communication. As the vast majority of child therapy is non-verbal, I actively use activities, unstructured play, games, and relationship building to communicate with children.
SHOULD I BRING MY CHILD TO THERAPY?
Short answer, Yes!
Simply bringing your child to therapy instills a sense of value around seeking help for mental health related issues. In addition to this, therapy can help children develop effective problem-solving skills. Therapy can help children and families cope with stress, a variety of emotional and behavioral issues, school stress, test anxiety, bullying or peer pressure, and major transitions, such as a divorce, move, or serious illness
WHAT DOES THERAPY WITH CHILDREN LOOK LIKE?
The vast majority of children express themselves through play, as play allows children to process the world around them. Play therapy includes imaginative play, games, sand tray play, art, and therapeutic activities. Books can also be beneficial in the therapy process with children by teaching children various concepts and skills. In therapy, children can learn how to identify and express their feelings, as well engage in coping skills that are age appropriate and socially appropriate. Parent (without child) or family (with child) sessions may be recommended to teach you how to engage in more helpful and healthy interactions with your child or how to teach effective discipline techniques.
Kindra DiGiacomo, MFT
Office Location: 775 Sunrise Ave Suite 110 Roseville, Ca 95661
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For more information on obtaining talk therapy, you may contact me by phone or text or contact me via email by using the form below and we can schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation.
*Please note: If this is a life threatening emergency and need immediate attention, Please contact 9-11 or go to your closest emergency room.
* Kindra DiGiacomo is a psychotherapist and provides talk therapy in Roseville, Ca.