Enhancing Child Wellbeing
Child Therapy and Parental Involvement
Cudox Wellbeing CIC
Young People & Adolescent Counselling
About Child Therapy:
Seeking therapy for young people is an important decision that demonstrates our commitment to their well-being. On this page, we will explore the benefits of therapy, emphasising both the significance of parental involvement and the effectiveness of play therapy as a specialised approach.
By understanding these aspects, we can provide young people with the support that they need to navigate life’s challenges.
Understanding Counselling and Therapy:
Counselling and therapy, commonly known as talking therapy, provide a platform for young people to explore their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. These therapeutic approaches, which can include creative materials like art, help young people make sense of their lives and develop coping strategies during difficult times.
It is normal for parents to feel uncertain or worried about seeking therapy for their child, but it is essential to remember that many young people undergo counselling or therapy for various reasons. A skilled counsellor or therapist should work alongside parents to understand the situation and explore ways to improve the child’s well-being.
The Power of Play Therapy:
Play therapy is a developmentally sensitive form of psychotherapy specifically designed for young people. It allows them to communicate and express themselves through play and creativity, their primary means of expression.
While adults often rely on verbal communication to convey their feelings, young people may struggle to put words to their emotions. Play therapy provides a safe outlet for young people to express their intense feelings and explore their inner world. Through the use of toys and creative materials, play therapy unlocks the child’s ability to symbolically represent their experiences, relationships, and emotions.
This therapeutic approach is tailored to each child’s unique needs and helps them develop new coping mechanisms while redirecting inappropriate behaviours.
Parental Involvement in Child Therapy:
Parents play a crucial role in their child’s therapy process. Collaborating with the therapist enhances the effectiveness of child therapy and reinforces the support system around the child. While the level of parental involvement may vary depending on the child’s individual needs and age, parents should actively engage in their child’s therapy journey.
Attending the initial assessment session is essential, as it allows parents to provide important information and consent. It also helps establish a foundation of trust between the therapist, the child, and the parents. Offering support and creating a safe space for discussions about therapy is important, but it is equally vital to respect the child’s boundaries and trust the therapeutic process.
Expected Outcomes of Therapy:
The outcomes of therapy vary depending on the specific difficulties the child faces. Whether a child has become withdrawn and depressed or more reactive and aggressive, therapy aims to improve their well-being.
Positive outcomes can include increased happiness, motivation, engagement in new activities, improved independence, better social interactions, and reduced aggression.
The therapeutic process is unique to each individual, and the duration of therapy may vary accordingly.
However, it is essential to ensure that the therapy is delivered to the highest ethical and professional standards, with confidentiality being a key aspect unless safety concerns arise.
Creating a Supportive Therapy Environment:
Therapy can sometimes evoke difficult emotions in children, and it is essential to address these challenges in a supportive manner. If a child feels overwhelmed during a session, they should feel comfortable informing their therapist and taking a break if needed. Both parents and children should prioritise self-care and allow time for relaxation after therapy sessions.
It is important to understand that there is no “right” way to experience therapy, but every child deserves to be treated fairly and feel safe to open up and discuss difficult emotions without judgment.
By understanding the benefits of therapy and actively participating in our child’s therapy journey, we empower them to overcome challenges and enhance their overall well-being. Counselling and therapy provide children with a platform to express themselves, develop coping mechanisms, and explore their emotions
If you feel anxious, overwhelmed or are struggling to cope, we’re here to listen. Speak to a member of our team today.
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