What Happens During Pediatric Mental Health Therapy?

If you are a parent who has concerns for their child's wellbeing, it's normal not to know what kind of treatment your child needs. You may have concerns that your child is not adjusting to a big transition or perhaps you have noticed signs of depression or anxiety.

Pediatric therapy can be a useful tool for your child. This is often what happens during a pediatric therapy session for mental health.

Talking About Feelings

Often, children need an outlet to discuss the way they feel about things. They want to know that somebody is listening, they will not be judged, and they will not be in trouble for their self-expression.

Children feel seen when they are heard, and a professional will provide an open mind and open ears. Additionally, your child may feel better knowing that they are no longer holding onto something that feels like a secret or something shameful.

Additionally, talking may involve discussing different life problems. For example, children may have had problems with friends that they want to work out but have no idea where to begin. In other cases, children may want to know how to talk to their siblings or their parents, perhaps even to set boundaries.

Art or Play Therapy

Therapy is not always simply talking, especially when children are involved. Children may achieve mindfulness and catharsis by playing, drawing, coloring, or building. Doing something fun may help children calm down and work on their breathing techniques.

In some cases, children may use toys to act out some of their feelings or the activities of the week. This can provide a helpful way for the therapist to get a glimpse into your child's needs and concerns.

Skill Practice

Part of therapy is about building new skills. Children may put their new skills and information to use while playing games or discussing stressful events. Children may practice breathing techniques and work with the therapist on communication concerns.

For instance, your child's therapist may ask them to pretend that they are talking to somebody else about an important issue. The therapist can provide feedback and help your child build the confidence necessary to have difficult conversations.

Get Therapy for Your Child Today

Do you want to make your child's first appointment? Now is a great time to consult with a therapist to learn more about what a professional can offer your child in a therapeutic setting.