What is Psychology for children and adolescents?
A person’s childhood can be very simple yet complicated time and an extremely influential time in one’s life. Most people’s childhoods will have an impact upon the kind of adult they develop into in later life. Child psychology is a specialised branch of psychology that focuses on children, particularly development and behaviour. Moreover, social skills, emotional wellbeing, shyness and anxiety. Additionally, a psychologist can work with children whom have severe mental, emotional or social problems. Children who experience difficulties due to a variety of reasons will often benefit from the support of a psychologist.
This practice of psychology may involve working with children and their primary caregivers in order to research, assess and possibly treat developmental issues. Yet, no matter the issue, a psychologist must work in a very careful manner. As previously mentioned, childhood is an exceptionally influential time in an individual’s life. Hence, your psychologist should be compassionate, understanding and patient when working with children.
A psychologist will use a variety of methods and techniques, similar to those used with adults such as cognitive behavioural therapy, which is involves helping a child learn to solve their problems in a healthy and productive manner. A holistic approach is also useful to empower the child and help them to develop kindness and compassion towards themselves to support the transition into healthy adult. Notably, the chosen therapeutic approach should be tailored to accommodate the needs of the child. For instance, children can become easily bored, which can hinder therapeutic progress. However, this can be overcome by facilitating interactions that are engaging. At times, this can involve using a “lighter” approach through drawing, colouring and play-based therapy. It is hoped that through engaging in a way that connects with the child will accelerate therapeutic progress and support goal attainment.
Who delivers the therapy?
Dr Holly Trengrouse. Read more about her here.
Reasons to seek this therapy
- Adjusting to difficult life events (particularly bereavement, trauma, and abuse)
- Finding alternatives to self-harm
- Overcoming long-term difficulties with relationships and identity
- Anxiety-related problems, including worry and phobias
- Stress management