What is Child & Adolescent Therapy?
Our Psychologists have a wide range of skills for working with children and adolescents. They have years of experience in working with a variety of issues such as self–esteem, anger management, bullying, exam stress, challenging behaviour, school refusal and other mental health concerns.
At Spectrum Health our Psychologists possess skills in a wide range of psychological techniques, including child and adolescent therapy. Direct work with the individual includes helping clients to focus and understand their emotions, accessing and expressing their emotions which are healthy while learning to tolerate and then transform experiences. This is in turn can lead to reducing psychological distress.
All of our Psychologists are fully qualified and hold current membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland.
Children (5 – 12 years)
The Psychologist will meet with one or both parents for 50 minutes to gain a detailed understanding of the difficulty from the parent’s perspective. The child does not attend this session. At this point a therapeutic plan can be put in place which may involve sessions with the child, the parents and the child or the parents alone.
Adolescents (13 – 17 years)
Parents may decide it would be useful to attend the first session for 10-15 minutes to share their views. Alternatively the adolescent may prefer to attend the first session without their parents. Parents may bring the adolescent to the session to sign the consent form. As confidentiality is important for adolescents, parents do not usually attend further sessions. Depending on individual circumstances, family sessions may be suggested at a later date.
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Then book in for a 30 min informal chat with one of our clinicians in person or by phone.
* Please note that Child & Adolescent Therapy is only available in select locations.