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Children & Teens Therapy

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Children Therapy

Psychotherapy to help children and kids.

If you are experiencing difficulty with your child's anxieties, sensitivities or your child is having difficulty adjusting to life changes one of our child therapists can help. Our team of psychologists here in Calgary is guided by principles of attachment and development and believe that once this is addressed children thrive. Here at Flourish, we work with the children using Play Therapy and with the parents using Parent support and coaching.

Teenager Therapy.

Psychotherapy to help with Parent and Teenager conflict.

Adolescence is a challenging period of time in which young people are trying to figure out how to become the next generation; they are still your children but they also need to figure out how to move into adulthood while navigating a number of factors, including defining their own identity while being influenced by family, peer groups, and youth sub-culture. During this time, adolescents experience confusion (can you blame them?) and are often at risk of becoming involved with high-risk activities. Teenage therapist counselling with one of our Calgary psychologists can help young people find healthier ways to express themselves and feel heard and validated.

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Children & Teenager Counselling FAQs

What types of psychological services are available for children and teens?

Services for children and teens differ widely from that which is offered to adults. Depending on age, play therapy may be appropriate for the youngest children who are still working on finding their voice. Teenagers usually need an extra, kind and supportive listener who is non-judgemental and willing to think”outside the box” with them. Both children and teens are attached to their family systems so it is important that they are seen as connected and treated within their family system. 

How do I know if my child needs psychological services?

You know your child best. If you notice that your child is struggling, either with their emotions, behavior, or relationships, it may be time to reach out to external support. Signs that a child may benefit from therapy include sadness or anxiety that is not better explained by day to day events, difficulty sleeping or eating, frequent tantrums or outbursts, and a rapid decline or acceleration in academic or social functioning.

Will my child be able to participate in the therapy process?

This depends! All therapy is meant to be client-centered, so your therapist will work to be interactive and engaging for children and teens. Therapists use a variety of techniques, such as play therapy and art therapy, to help young clients express themselves and work through their feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

How long will my child need to attend therapy?

The length of therapy varies depending on the individual needs of each individual and their respective family situation. Some children may only need a few sessions to work through a specific issue, while others may benefit from ongoing therapy over a period of several months or even years.

How can I support my child's mental health outside of therapy?

There are several ways that parents can support their child's mental health outside of therapy, including practicing good self-care, encouraging healthy lifestyle habits, fostering positive relationships, and seeking support from other parents or professionals when needed. In fact, the happiest children resist in the homes of the happiest adults, so it is critical that you take care of your own stressors to be able to guide your little through their hard times. 

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