Scarlett has attended the same school from kindergarten through middle school. After her parents’ divorce, seeing her friends and teachers at school served as the one constant in her life.
Now thirteen, it’s time for Scarlett to begin her first year of high school, but the thought of leaving the familiar hallways and faces of her current school leaves her feeling sick to her stomach. When she thinks of starting over, her heart rate increases, her vision blurs, and it becomes difficult for her to breathe.
Her father notices her behavior and sets up an appointment with a child psychiatrist. The psychiatrist determines that Scarlett has been having panic attacks because of her anxiety around changing schools and because of her parents’ divorce. Scarlett’s psychiatrist uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help Scarlett better understand her reactions to these stressors and to rethink her future responses to them.
Many children like Scarlett experience difficulties in their lives. These challenges can range from panic attacks to body image concerns to ADHD. The child therapists, psychologists, and other providers at Thriveworks in Phoenix, AZ are ready to address these and other concerns that may be impacting your young child or teenager.
Our staff has helped many children conquer their fears, address their depression, and face many other challenges. With your support, we’d love to help your child as well.
When Should I Seek Therapy for My Child?
The challenges facing children, preteens, and teenagers are real and should be given careful consideration and respect. Because their cognitive, emotional, and physical development can often be the starting point of their stresses or challenges, it’s important to choose providers who recognize the unique, whole-body concerns children face.
Professionals can help children and young adults in the following areas:
- ADHD and ADD
- Body dysmorphia
- Eating disorders
- Bullying and cyberbullying
- Loss and grief
- Life transitions
- Gender identification
- Communication problems
- Behavioral concerns
- Anger and stress management
- Self-harm or suicidal thoughts
- Substance abuse and addiction
- Long-term physical illnesses
Mental health issues can make it difficult for children to engage with peers, perform well in school, and function independently. Any concerns should be addressed as soon as they occur so that your child can receive fast and efficient treatment.
Spotting challenges isn’t always easy, but it’s a good idea to contact a professional for help when something feels wrong, if your child’s behavior suddenly changes, or if something is interfering with their ability to function normally. At Thriveworks in Phoenix, AZ, our psychologists and other providers are trained to spot nuances that are indicative of greater problems.
Types of Therapy and Treatment for Children and Young Adults
Treating children and teens often differs from treating adults. While adults can often clearly communicate their problems and concerns, young children may not have the words to express what they’re feeling or why they’re behaving a certain way. Teens, on the other hand, may be resistant to the very idea of therapy and may be hesitant to speak to an adult.
Our professional providers at Thriveworks in Phoenix, AZ have experience working with young children and adolescents. This is reflected in our approach to counseling and therapy and in the treatment plans we create.
While your child’s treatment will be unique and based on their specific needs, it may include one or more of the following therapy techniques:
- Family therapy: This type of therapy incorporates the entire family unit because a problem with one member of the family often impacts the health and functionality of the entire family. Family therapy encourages open dialogue, trust, and communication.
- Play therapy: Because young children often communicate best through games, play therapy allows children to effectively express themselves and their needs. It may be done on an individual basis or with the participation of the entire family.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT helps children identify and correct negative modes of thinking. It’s an active form of therapy that children can use daily to help spot and solve problems.
Stress management techniques such as meditation and yoga and anxiety relief techniques such as exercise and painting may also be part of your child’s treatment plan.
Book an Appointment With a Child Therapist at Thriveworks in Phoenix, AZ
Children and their families experience the impact of mental and emotional health challenges every day. Loss and grief, life transitions, and other complications can strain relationships and stifle communication. But therapy and counseling can help.
We specialize in treating the concerns of children and teens, and we offer services that support your family’s busy lifestyle. Our providers offer weekend and evening sessions and if you have a problem that pops up between your session, you can always email or call your provider.
It would be a pleasure to help your child get the care they deserve. Call us today at Thriveworks in Phoenix, AZ to get started.