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Children Therapy

Children of all ages are seen by this practice. The first session is attended by parents/guardians only. It is vital to gather extensive Case History Information which will include developmental milestones, Social and family relationships, physical development, school and medical history etc. This is essential for case formulation and to move forward with treatment. Please provide us with any relevant documentation for example, clinic cards, and previous assessment reports if applicable. Any questions regarding therapy, assessments or the treatment process will be discussed in detail in the first session.

Hirst suggests that one in five children has some form of mental health problem, ranging from eating and attention deficit disorders to conditions such as depression (1999:19). However, there are many other issues and painful experiences that needs to be addressed in child therapy such as parental separation or divorce, family violence, bereavement, separation anxiety, poor school performance, ADHD, bullying, and low self-esteem.
(Hirst, J. (1999). Growing strong’, Community Care. 12-19 May, pp.18-19)


The methodology of child therapy (play therapy, behavioural, cognitive behavioural therapy etc.) depends not only on the problem but also the context in which the problem manifests itself. The child either needs to learn a new desired behaviour or skill (e.g. social skills, anger management, bladder control, self esteem) or needs to reduce or eliminate an undesired response or behaviour (e.g. temper-tantrums, stealing, anxiety).

Some Problematic Behaviour to alert parents/caregivers to possible problems children may experience:

• Poor school performance
• Hostile, aggressive and/or oppositional behaviour
• Sleeping problems
• Somatic Complaints (headaches, stomach-aches)
• Appearing anxious, restless
• Lack of spontaneity and playfulness
• Hyperactive
• Disinterest or problems with concentration patient live

Child Play Therapy