Individual Child Therapy
“Children are not problems. They have problems. Focus on helping your child, not fixing your child.” – L.R. Knost
What is Individual Child Therapy?
Individual child therapy is used to help children understand, and find solutions for negative feelings and upsetting events that they haven’t had the chance to understand or resolve. A variety of techniques and methods are used to help children who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions and behaviour.
What is Play Therapy?
Arina uses play as a therapeutic technique as she believes it is vital to every child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language development. It helps those for whom verbal communication may be difficult. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened.
Arina believes that every child should have the opportunity at some stage in their young lives to be able to voice their concerns about the world they form part of. As part of the play therapeutic process, children may re-enact or play out traumatic or difficult life experiences in order to make sense of their past and cope better with their future. Children may also learn to manage relationships and conflicts in more appropriate ways and help them overcome obstacles to their well-being. It can increase positive feelings, such as compassion, empathy and self-esteem. Children in therapy can learn skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, and reaching goals.
The outcomes of individual play-based therapy can range between a reduction in anxiety, healthier self-esteem, or more specific such as a change in behaviour and improved relations with family and friends.
It could be time to seek therapy if one of the following issue(s) in your child’s life causes distress or interferes with their daily lives:
- Distress from a divorce, or separation, the death of a loved one or pet
- Difficulty adapting to a relocation or new school or an illness
- Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event
- Anxiety-related issues, such as psychosomatic reactions such as ongoing stomach cramps and headaches, performance anxiety
- Changes in behaviour, mood, sleep, appetite, or academic functioning
- Increased risk-taking or self-destructive behaviours
- School stress, exam anxiety, bullying or peer pressure
- Problems maintaining friendships or interacting socially with peers
It is important not to wait until symptoms become severe before taking your child to therapy. Therapy can also help if your child is unable to focus on work or school or feel like hurting themselves or someone else.
Together with the parents/family and or the child, an individualised treatment plan, appropriate to the specific needs of your child will be developed.
How Many Sessions are Needed to treat my Chid?
The number of sessions will depend on the induvial and their unique set of challenges and resources, as well as the complexity and severity of the problems. As Arina works holistically with the child as part of a greater system, the intervention process and time will range between 4 – 12 sessions. It also depends on who and how many family members will be part of the therapy process.
Arina works on a short -term and long-term basis. The number of sessions and the assessment and intervention path will continuously be discussed with the parents.
What is the First Step?
Contact Arina either telephonically, or via email on the website.
Will I Receive Feedback?
Throughout the therapeutic process, continuous feedback will be provided to the parent. Arina believes that it is vital to include the parents in the process form the beginning.
Request an appointment for individual child therapy or related interventions by completing the request form below