Child and Adolescent CBT
Child and Adolescent CBT
One of the growth areas in CBT are in stress related problems in children and adolescents.
The 6 areas which children and young people most often come for help are: –
- Anxiety and Depression (Stress)
- Poor Self-Esteem
- Behavioural Problems
- Test anxiety
- Anger Management
Since 1997 one of our main areas of specialist CBT has been working with gifted children in identifying and treating their specific counselling needs. The motivation for using CBT is to develop the inherent potential in the child and make them more resilient in their ability to cope with their future life stressors and situations.
Working also with parents long term benefits to children come from the following aspects of CBT:-
- Increasing empathy (understanding)
- Improving communication through listening
- Developing emotional attunement or mirroring
- Mentoring and protection
- Increasing intimacy though emotional sensitivity to build a stronger emotional connection
Courses are also available in small groups under the heading of ‘Parenting the gifted child‘ Stress Prevention for Children (one parent must be present).
How Does CBT Work
A parent / parents usually come with the child to the first session. A series of tests to measure the symptoms of anxiety and depression are given, as well as an assessment to find out what problems have brought the child for CBT, what might be causing them, and how long they have been occurring.
A problem list is constructed with the child / parent of the areas of their life they want to improve as a result of CBT. CBT for children uses a manual designed for children / young people to teach children the relationship between thoughts, behaviours and feelings.
By identifying how negative thoughts affect mood, and behaviour and learning to replace these with more realistic alternatives, children learn more effective ways of coping with their problems, and more effective problem-solving skills.
Working also with parents to improve their understanding of the child’s developing selfhood (their wants, needs and overall picture of the world i.e. world view) to increase empathy, learning to develop listening skills to increase parents emotional attunement with their child.
Virtual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Convenient, private and secure
Online Therapy is available to anyone, anywhere in the world at home or in the office using a tablet, mobile phone or laptop / computer and a good internet connection.
This service would appeal to client's for a variety of reasons.
- Clients location would make it difficult / impossible to access Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
- Clients time-pressure, work deadlines, and work-based travel make it difficult to commit for the normal counselling time-scale.
- Clients family commitments make it easier to have treatment on-line at home.
- Clients prefer an initial face to face assessment, and then combine both treatment modalities.