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Mental Health Services for Children & Teens

 Mental Health issues that can be treated through psychotherapy services include:

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • stress

  • abuse

  • family conflict

  • parent divorce issues

  • blended family issues

  • school problems

  • addictions

  • substance abuse

  • self harm issues

  • low self-esteem

  • ADHD

  • oppositional defiance

  • adoption

  • anger management

  • lying

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

Meeting one on one with a clinician provides young people with an understanding, caring and neutral party in which to share their thoughts, feelings, emotions and problems.  Being able to build a relationship of trust with a responsible, objective adult is an important part of young people beginning to get a "reality check" and different perspective on the problems they are dealing with in their lives. 

GROUP THERAPY

Research on treatment for teens has shown that group therapy is an effective modality for working with youth.  Therapy Associates offers several groups on a weekly basis:

  • substance abuse

  • pornography addiction

  • sexual offenses

  • gaming addiction

  • girls issues

  • anger management

FAMILY THERAPY

Among the common recommendations for treatment includes family Therapy. Family Therapy sessions that include the parents, the target child, and even siblings can be an effective intervention in stabilizing and resolving behavior problems and in improving the family's ability to communicate and problem solve. 

 

Family Therapy is a useful tool when a young person is resistant to attending individual Therapy as it can put perspective on many problems that are  family issues rather than focusing specifically on the child's problems.  Family Therapy also provides a platform for communication between the children and  the parents, which in many cases, has not been occurring effectively due to the problems.

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Children's Play Therapy

(For children 8 and under)

Play therapy provides a way for young children to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. As children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes an important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others.  

Play therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This is thought to help them towards better social integrationgrowth and development.

 

Play therapy can also be used as a tool of diagnosis. A play therapist observes a client playing with toys (play-houses, pets, dolls, etc.) to determine the cause of the disturbed behavior. The objects and patterns of play, as well as the willingness to interact with the therapist, can be used to understand the underlying rationale for behavior both inside and outside the session..