Child and Family Therapy

         Child And Family Therapy

Children often experience difficulties in many areas, including school, family, and peer relations. Whether a child has difficulty getting along with others, lack of motivation to perform well, or defiant behavior, the situation can be directly related to the child’s level of esteem.  A child is not a “learning disorder” or a “hyperactivity problem.”  A child is a human being. Beginning with this understanding, we can work toward resolving the issues which bring a child to therapy.

Therapy with children is different from adults in three distinct ways:

First, I begin a relationship with an adult with an assumption that they have learned some generally accepted principles of getting along in society, such as social standards of politeness. But a young child may not have yet learned some of these principles. So I may be a little more educative with a child than with an adult.

Second, most young children don't come into a therapy session with an agenda of things to discuss.  So we use play as a modality for therapy.  Within the context of playing with toys and games, we work toward creating an environment in which the child can express his or her thoughts and feelings and become receptive to input from the therapist.

And third, therapy with children invariably includes a family dynamic which is directly relevant to their progress.  Therapy for children generally will include some therapy or coaching for the parents, and perhaps for other important members of the child’s world as well. As a parent, you spend far more time with your child than any therapist.  Offering you some helpful guidelines can go a long way toward helping your child to progress.

Office in Pasadena Near Old Town