PSYCHOLOGY & PSYCHOTHERAPY
Psychotherapy is a term used to describe the treatment of various mental health concerns. In particular, child and youth psychotherapy focuses on helping the young client and parents/caregivers learn about a child's mood, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Child and youth psychotherapists help their clients to understand and articulate their feelings. This can be done through a variety of ways, such as, play, drawing, worksheets and roleplay activities as well as talking about events or previous experiences.
Psychotherapy Initial Intake:
The Psychotherapy Initial Intake allows the psychotherapist and parent/caregiver to further discuss the child/youth mental health concerns. During this parent only intake, further information regarding family history, child's development and social/emotional needs are discussed. Goals for therapy and a treatment plan are also determined at this meeting.
Following the Psychotherapy Initial Intake, psychotherapy sessions are scheduled to implement the treatment plan and to address therapy goals. This can be done with either parents/caregivers or child/youth or a combination of both.