Child & Adolescent Therapy
Child and Adolescent Individual therapy focuses on the treatment of children and adolescents struggling with various psychiatric, emotional, social, and trauma-based challenges. Therapy provides a safe and supportive environment for exploring these challenges and overcoming them through a dynamic approach including education, evaluation, and counseling.
Our therapists are trained in evidenced-based approaches to treat many conditions including:
- Adjustment issues
- Grief and loss
- Family conflicts
- Child abuse and neglect
- Parenting skills
- Adjustment related to divorce
- Behavioral issues in school
- Anger Problems
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Children generally express themselves through play. Play therapy focuses on the child’s most natural form of expression. We provide play rooms for our staff to utilize in working with children who present with a variety of mental health concerns.
Through play, a therapist will help a child to address and resolve problems in his or her life. Children learn how to:
- communicate with others
- express emotions
- change behavior
- and cope with various life situations.
Often, a portion of the play session focuses on instruction or learning a new technique/behavior; the remainder of the session is spent in play, allowing the child to practice new skills as well as express him or herself through the safety of play.
For more information, visit The Association for Play Therapy.
Group therapy offers an opportunity for individuals struggling with various life experiences to express themselves in a safe assembly of other understanding individuals experiencing similar struggles. Under the direction of licensed and trained professionals, groups provide a supportive outlet for feelings expression and conflict resolution and nurture a community for positive change.
Group therapy is provided by one therapist or a team of two therapists. Behavioral Health Services offers several different groups for children and adolescents. Visit our Group Therapy page to find out what groups are currently available and to learn a little about each of them.