Generally, many who practice psychotherapy or play therapy do not follow the model of pathology in response to the healing of emotional struggles. This is not to say that medications are bad, however (sometimes they can be helpful for certain cases or situations). It is merely important to note that medication is only one method for addressing psychological issues. Therapy is another. Some choose … [Read more...] about Will my child need medications in addition to therapy?
Since therapists are not doctors, this form of diagnosis may be out of the realm of what we are trained to do. If you are concerned about, or we sense that there may be autism, or other mental disorders at play with your child’s misconduct, we would typically recommend you get a referral to see a pediatrician or psychiatrist. What I can help you with, as a child therapist, are the … [Read more...] about Can you diagnose my child with a disorder or other medical condition?
Child therapists understand where you’re coming from: you may feel that since you are the child’s legal guardian, you have the right to know everything about them. But to do our job effectively, we need to consider how your child feels about you knowing their private thoughts, feelings and actions. Kids are like little adults waiting to become ‘big’ adults. They are persons who deserve … [Read more...] about Why won’t you tell me what happens in the play therapy session if I’m not there?
No, not initially, and this is important. The child will need to feel that they are in a secure, private space. They need to learn to open up to their child therapist. Believe it or not, there are going to be things inside their little minds that they don’t want you to know about. It may be that they have been conditioned to believe you will react in a certain way if you hear them say a … [Read more...] about Do I attend the therapy session with my child?
This is a great question. We’ve written a list of common symptoms that would help parents know if their child needs play therapy. Click here to read more. In general, it can be assumed that if you are already reading this page, you are probably concerned about your child’s wellbeing. You may be wondering if their behaviour is ‘normal’ or not. Your seeking of information is a really … [Read more...] about How do I know if my child needs therapy?
There is no absolute answer to this. Please remember that every child and their unique situation will require different lengths and measures for the healing process to be complete. For example, child separation anxiety can run really deep if it has been left untreated for a long period. Meanwhile, a recent divorce in the family may be a continuous, revolving door of contradicting, unexplained … [Read more...] about How many therapy sessions does it take to heal my child?