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Importance of therapy with children

Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015

Andrew Sebastian, LMHC
Huntington Bowen Center

Therapy can be beneficial for people of all ages. Therapy is the process of change through therapeutic relationships and evidence based interventions. Not only is therapy a benefit for adults, but for children.

Children, more so than adults, are changing developmentally, emotionally, environmentally, and physically. Children go through these life phases without the life skills or knowledge that an adult may have. Children are often unable to correctly respond to stimuli that causes anxiety, fear, and sadness. Instead of taking deep breaths or walking away, like an adult might do, a child might scream, hit, or throw something to feel better or self-regulate. Children are constantly experiencing external stimuli, such as creating new relationships, developing trust with adults, sharing toys, and completing difficult school work to name a few. These life experiences bring multiple challenges and could cause the development of negative behavioral responses. Therapy can play an important role for children in changing these negative behavioral responses.

Children can work with the therapist in a safe environment to develop and learn positive cognitive and behavioral responses to external stimuli. Therapy can help a child understand the emotions that occur before the child gets angry and learn how to implement skills such as deep breathing techniques when feeling upset or sad, instead of yelling and hitting.

Therapists use evidenced based practices and interventions to assist in the therapeutic process. Many therapeutic practices have been researched and shown to help children, and families make improvement in areas they want to change. If you are interested in learning more about therapy for children, contact the Bowen Center at (260) 356-2875.