Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Kids & Teens
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Kids and Teens at Equilibria
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a mode of therapy that focuses on examining the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By helping the client challenge certain patterns of thoughts that tend to lead to maladaptive behaviors, clients begin to develop new ways of approaching how they relate to themselves, others, and the environment.
In addition to working on what thoughts lead to negative behaviors, clinicians that have expertise in CBT also focus on the behaviors and how to best modify them when they are presented. With children, the therapist will help the child/adolescent understand his/her emotions and learn to distinguish between different emotional states and how they are linked to thoughts as well as events.
CBT can be a tremendously effective form of treatment, especially for anxiety disorders, certain types of depression and difficulties with emotional regulation.
Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has proven to be extremely beneficial for children who suffer from anxiety, excessive worry and/or fears, or overall difficulty with emotional regulation.
It is recommended that children/adolescents attend weekly 45-60 minute sessions individually with the understanding that, on certain weeks, there may be family sessions necessary in order to educate the whole family on how they can best support their child’s progress.
The Process of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Equilibria’s Philadelphia child therapists utilize the two therapy rooms that are aesthetically designed to cater to children and adolescents. When a child/adolescent receives cognitive behavioral therapy, he/she will meet with the child psychologist in one of these rooms.
It is recommended that children and adolescents attend weekly 45-60 minute sessions individually with the understanding that, on certain weeks, there may be family therapy sessions necessary in order to educate the whole family on how they can best support their child’s progress.
Depending on the child’s age, some caregiver or parent coaching may be provided to help the caregiver(s) learn the skills they need to help their children at home.
Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has proven to be quite successful with children and adolescents because it gives them tangible tools to use when they are struggling.
Schedule An Appointment for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
If you would like to meet or talk with one of our child psychologists or therapists in the Philadelphia area about our Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions, please call us at (267) 861-3685, option 1; or contact us here.