Child and Teen Therapy
As a parent, deciding whether or not to send your child to therapy can be a bit daunting. You’ll have a lot of questions about how to approach the subject, find the right therapist, and support the process.
Kids and teens who enter therapy do so because they want to change and improve the way they feel, behave, or learn. Therapy can be an excellent approach to treating your child or teen for a variety of troubles they may be experiencing.
The North Brooklyn Therapy Difference
Our therapists adapt their style and methods to every unique child. We know that everyone is different — the approaches that work well with one would be ineffective with another. Most of all, we know that kids and teens aren’t just small adults. We’re able to connect with them right where they are because we accept them just as they are.
Will your child work better with a young therapist full of innovative ideas? We can help. Maybe your child would prefer the comforting solidity of an experienced, older therapist? No problem! With over 20 diverse therapists on staff, we’re certain to find the right fit for your family.
What Types of Problems Does a Child Therapist Treat?
Whether your child is struggling with a mental health issue or going through a tough time, a child therapist can help.
Some common issues a child therapist can treat include:
- Family troubles
- Problems at school, including issues related to bullying
- Feelings of sadness, anger, stress, low self-esteem, and grief
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Eating disorders
- Disruptive behavior disorders
- Trauma-related treatment
- Autism spectrum disorder
What Can I Expect from Child & Teen Therapy Sessions?
Here’s a quick glance at how child & teen therapy progresses at North Brooklyn:
You’ll start with a phone consultation to identify the main issues and select the right therapist. This initial call is completely confidential — and completely free of charge.
During this session, your therapist will ask your child questions to try and get a feel for what troubles they may be experiencing. This will help your therapist learn more about their challenges and offer treatment accordingly.
After the initial session, your child or teen will continue to meet with their therapist once or twice a week. During these next visits, your child and their therapist might:
- Just talk — therapy is a healthy, safe space to express feelings
- Practice new skills — a therapist might use a series of games to help your child learn patience, use self-control, or listen
- Engage in activities — games, drawing, or playing can decrease stress and teach children how to cope with their feelings
- Solve problems — teens and children benefit from talking through issues and coming up with solutions
Most of the time, kids and teens attend therapy once a week or so for several months. The timeframe will vary, of course, depending on your child’s progress. The good news is that according to Psychology Today, about half of all children and teens who enter therapy will get better. Of those who improve, 80% will do so within about six sessions.
How Can I Help Prepare My Child for Therapy Sessions?
The best way to prepare your child for therapy is to talk to them openly and try to be as involved as you can — especially with a young child. Some ways you can help might include:
- Finding a therapist your child feels comfortable with
- Taking them to their appointments — even teens!
- Meeting your child’s therapist
- Spending quality time with your child doing an activity you both enjoy, even if just for a few minutes
- Offering parental patience and warmth
Convenient and Cost-Effective Therapy
North Brooklyn Therapy has offices in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, situated near both subways and buses. We also offer remote therapy sessions via Zoom for those that would feel more comfortable with an online session.
While most insurances cover some level of out-of-network therapeutic services, the amount of coverage varies from plan to plan. Luckily, we offer affordable rates that range from $80-$200 per session, depending on the therapist’s level of experience.
Have more questions? Let us help. Call today to find out more.