Child and Youth Therapy Wereldkind
Child and Youth Therapy
Child therapy is generally not an easy topic for parents to discuss. Nobody wants their child to need therapy, but unfortunately, there are many difficult and even traumatic issues that children may encounter that a qualified professional can help them deal with.
Emphasizing Positive Development
As you will see, child therapy is perfectly suited to emphasizing positive development while addressing negative issues and symptoms. Therapy sessions can focus on working toward an optimistic future, positive coping methods, and boosting the self-esteem, self-confidence, and other positive states and traits in children.
Child therapy (also called child counseling) is much the same as therapy and counseling for adults: it offers them a safe space and an empathetic ear while providing tools to bring about change in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Just like adult clients, child clients receive emotional and goal support in their sessions. They may focus on resolving conflict, understanding their own thoughts and feelings, or on coming up with new solutions to problems.
In addition, the therapy sessions may focus on five important goals on top of any situation-specific goals:
- Building the child’s self-esteem
- Helping to improve the child’s communication skills
- Stimulating healthy, normal development
- Building an appropriate emotional repertoire
- Improving the child’s emotional vocabulary
I am here for you...
I can cover a wide variety of issues and problems in counseling, including:
- Divorce or separation
- Stress management
- Challenging negative thoughts and beliefs
- Loss of a loved one
- Moving house, leaving friends
- Parent separation
- Sibling rivalry
- Anger management
- Witnessing or experiencing a trauma
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Coping with special needs
- Third Culture Kids
- Substance abuse or addiction in the family
Six different perspectives
I look at the child from six different perspectives:
- The unprocessed past; an old, unpleasant experience can be processed
- The search for identity; who are you, what do you want, what are your strengths?
- The relationship with the family and environment; what kind of behavior does the child use to tell his or her environment of what is going on?
- The body; psychological complaints can be felt in the body. Through therapy body and mind are integrated again.
- Finding the balance between workload and your own capacities, better said dealing with stress. In the therapy, work can be done to increase capacities and reduce workload.
- Learning new behaviour and unlearn old behaviour