Many children and teenagers struggle with processing emotions or regulating their nervous system and need support with managing stress and learning healthy coping tools. When your child or adolescent is going through problems at school, home, or with their health or they need help processing feelings, children’s behavioral therapy can help.
Mental health support for our children and teens provides both short-term and long-term benefits not only for the individuals, but for their families as well. This is why children’s behavioral therapy plays a crucial role in how we can support our youth in these increasingly stressful, overwhelming times.
Not only does children’s behavior therapy help your child or teen learn how to manage big emotions, including fear, sadness, anxiety, anger and low self-esteem, but treating mental, emotional or behavioral concerns as soon as possible can effectively reduce behavior problems in school, home and social settings. It also sets the foundation for developing and nurturing healthy relationships in adulthood.
At Mind and Body, we work with both the child and their parents to support and provide guidance for the home setting. Children’s behavioral therapy often looks different than traditional talk therapy. Our therapists may incorporate play and art as ways to encourage the child to feel comfortable to express themselves.
While teens may prefer to meet with one of our therapists alone, our therapists specialize in behavioral therapy and will work with a teenager at their level to provide a safe, comfortable space for them. The therapist may encourage meeting with parents or altogether as a family to address feelings and concerns, and serve as a catalyst for more open communication at home.