As with teens and young adults, therapy with children is designed to meet the cognitive and developmental level of the child. This means we meet your child where they are. We utilize evidence-based therapy models that incorporate games, arts and crafts, movement, and even animals. We understand the concept of play as a form of learning for children and incorporate it into therapy as we work towards achieving their therapy goals. You can ask the therapist what they and your child will do during the sessions, what they will talk about, and what kind of activities can be expected.
How best to participate in a child’s therapy depends primarily on the child’s age, the nature of the problem, and whether research supports parental involvement in the type of treatment your child is receiving. In some situations, particularly with younger children, parental guidance may be critical to bring about and support behavioral change between therapy sessions. In other situations, particularly with older children or adolescents, privacy between the child and therapist may form an important foundation for establishing trust and encouraging behavioral change. In every case, parents should be clear on the therapist’s goals for treating their child and should understand the milestones their child is expected to reach throughout his/her treatment. Feel free to ask the therapist at the outset about how he/she plans to work with your child.
Childhood and adolescence are periods of significant change in a child’s life – the symptoms of behavioral health and mental disorders may look very different in a younger child versus an adolescent, and the therapies used for children and adolescents can be different, too.
Not at all. You are quite strong for even considering talking to someone about what is going on. We know that seeking help may feel like a new and uncomfortable experience, but we are here to support and assist you through the journey. Once you submit a question a therapist will contact you so you all can discuss the presenting problem and explore which therapeutic approach will best meet your or your child’s needs.
At The Comfy Place, all are welcome!
The difference between the two is that therapists are professionally trained and have experience whereas friends and/or family are not. A therapist can help you approach your situation in a new way; teaching you new skills, helping you gain different perspectives, listening to you without judgment, and most importantly your interactions with the therapist are confidential. Friends and family are awesome supports to have but seeing a therapist will help you reach the healing you need and achieve the goals you have.
Group therapy helps individuals develop communication skills and socialization skills, and allows clients to learn how to express their issues and accept criticism from others. Group therapy also allows individuals to develop self-awareness by listening to others with similar issues.
Groups vary significantly in session format. Some groups are structured in that they follow a specific curriculum whereas others may be semi-structured or free-flowing where group members and leaders present topics to the group for discussion.
Most groups have between 5-8 participants and 1-2 group leaders.
Most groups last 6-10 weeks and range anywhere from 45-90 minutes depending on the type of group being facilitated.
Most individuals feel some anxiety when first starting group. Group leaders are trained to help initiate conversation and to discuss whatever anxiety the group may be feeling. Most new members find that the group process quickly draws them in and they begin sharing in ways they had not expected.