Understanding the unique needs of our younger clients, we offer psychotherapy services specifically designed to help children and adolescents.
Given that children frequently have difficulty putting their feelings into words, they require therapists who understand and specialize in their developmental and emotional needs.
Child psychotherapy can take a variety of forms. We often use “play therapy,” which relies on using the language of a child’s imaginary play to provide a greater understanding of the young client’s emotions. Adolescents will often engage in more traditional “talk therapy,” but specialized techniques may be used to help create an easier way for him/her to relate.
Additionally, we will work in collaboration with the child’s parents, gathering relevant information and suggesting possible behavior interventions at home. As always, if additional services are needed, such as medication or further evaluations, we will offer appropriate referrals.
Common issues addressed in child psychotherapy include:
- Behavior problems
- Academic trouble
- Defiance towards authority figures
- Depression and anxiety
- Social problems
- Loss and grief
- Adjustment to recent changes in family or school
It’s OK to ask for help.
If you’re interested in learning more about psychotherapy for your child—or parenting support for yourself—please contact us by submitting this form, or by phone at 847-729-3034. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.