Child and Adolescent Therapy
At The Horsforth Centre we provide counselling, CBT and play therapy for children and adolescents in an inviting play therapy room.
The therapy room contains a variety of toys and mediums through which the child can express themselves. These include:
- Paints, pencils and crayons
- Dolls house
Play is a child’s natural medium of self expression. Children can find it difficult to express themselves by talking directly about what is happening to them and how they are feeling. Imagery and metaphor are important in enabling children to understand and express these feelings.
What happens during a play therapy session?
During the sessions, the therapist will create a safe, confidential and accepting environment which places as few limits as possible on the child, enabling them to express themselves in the way that suits them. The therapist aims to build a trusting relationship with the child and to interact with them in their play, while containing and holding their feelings in order to help them make sense of their world.
The therapist follows the child’s lead, giving the child the chance to explore the therapy room and the responsibility of choosing how to spend their time. At times the therapist may be more directive.
Child and adolescent CBT
Child and adolescent CBT sessions are similar to CBT sessions with adults, although the ideas are adapted to suit a child’s understanding. The therapist will use simple and creative ways to explain the ideas to your child and to help them identify and work through their thoughts and feelings.
How many sessions will you need?
The number of sessions required depends very much on the problems your child is facing. Your therapist will work with you and your child to decide together how many sessions you think are necessary and progress will be reviewed at regular intervals. With children, it often takes a little longer to build up a therapeutic relationship (without which no meaningful work can take place).
Who at The Horsforth Centre provides Child and Adolescent Therapy
Dr Emily McGeown can provide Child and Adolescent Therapy. Just click on her name to follow the link through to her page which explains more about how she works as a therapist.