Child psychotherapy is an intervention used in the treatment of behavioural emotional and psychological difficulties in children aged between three and twelve years.
Each therapist has a unique approach to working with children, and may integrate several therapeutic methods to find which one works for the child. This may include a combination of Play/Art/Sand Therapy, Cognitive, Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy and Individual Psychotherapy.
The Goal of Child Therapy
Aside from the relief of symptoms, is to build self esteem, improve emotional vocabulary, help improve communication help improve relationships and stimulate self awareness.
We work collaboratively with children and their parents offering support and guidance through the challenges of childhood / adolescence and the changing life cycle.
Examples of Possible Concerns are:
Anger/temper, low self esteem, sadness, school failure, school phobias, worry, eating disorders, fear/panic, acting out withdrawal, trauma, feeling different, worry, bereavement.
What to tell your child about coming to the first appointment:
Sometimes parents are not sure what to tell their child, however it is very important that your child knows that they are coming to Willow Tree Child and Family Centre, and important that they know why. Children should be told in advance and not on the day of the appointment. It is always best to be honest, you may say "I know you have been upset lately so I / we have made an appointment with a person who understands and helps kids who are upset". You and your child can view our website www.willowtreetherapy.ie and look at the centre, particularly the children's room.
What will happen at the first appointment?
Some therapists invite parent(s) and the child in question at the first appointment, while others meet the parents on their own. We recommend meeting both parents together, in the case of separated families we can offer separate parent appointments if that is helpful.
You will be asked to fill out a referral form and a parental consent form. Further appointments will be made and session are once a week on the same day, time and place. The duration of appointments will depend on the individual child's presenting problem and its severity.
It is recommended that closure of therapy is planned collaboratively between therapist parents and child.