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Child and adolescent therapy supports young clients in dealing with emotional and behavioral challenges. It helps them build resilience, healthy coping mechanisms, improve relationships, and manage life's stressors. At Reliant Family Psychiatry, we're committed to offering a nurturing space where young ones can openly share their thoughts and feelings. Here, they're guided and supported by professionals who truly understand and care about their well-being.

Child & Adolescent Therapy in Mansfield & Grand Prairie, TX.

​Child & Adolescent Therapy in Mansfield & Grand Prairie, TX.

The purpose of therapy for children & teens

When it comes to therapy for the younger crowd, it's all about tailoring the approach to fit each individual. The aims of child and adolescent therapy include a variety of key areas:

  1. Sharpening Communication Skills: Helping kids express themselves more clearly.

  2. Building Stronger Relationships: Nurturing their ability to connect with peers and adults.

  3. Emotional Awareness and Expression: Teaching them to recognize and express their feelings healthily.

  4. Enhancing Self-Control and Problem-Solving: Improving their ability to make decisions, control impulses, and develop coping strategies.

  5. Boosting Self-Esteem: Focusing on their self-worth and confidence.

  6. Cultivating Resilience and Purpose: Encouraging them to bounce back from challenges and find their sense of direction.

  7. Managing Difficult Emotions: Addressing issues like depression, anxiety, and anger.

  8. Identity and Values Clarification: Helping them understand who they are and what they stand for.

Therapy helps children reach their goals and allows parents to understand and support their child's unique needs. Providers work with both the child and parents to ensure growth within the family dynamic.

​The purpose of therapy for children & teens

When should your child see a therapist?

Therapy is highly beneficial for children and teens during major life changes like relocation, school transitions, family divorce, or loss of a loved one. It equips them with healthy coping mechanisms for handling bullying, peer pressure, and stress.

Recognizable signs that suggest child therapy could be helpful include:

  1. Frequent Angry Outbursts: If your child often seems uncontrollably angry.

  2. Impulse Control Issues: Struggling to control their actions.

  3. Social Withdrawal: Pulling away from friends and family.

  4. Trouble with Emotions: Difficulty in managing their feelings.

  5. Low Self-Esteem: Not feeling good about themselves.

  6. Persistent Sadness or Hopelessness: Seeming down over an extended period.

  7. Slipping Grades: A noticeable drop in school performance.

  8. Disruptive Behavior: Acting out at home or in school.

  9. Constant Stress or Anxiety: Seeming worried or tense all the time.

  10. Substance Use Concerns: If you suspect they're experimenting with substances.

  11. Trauma: Signs of struggling with a traumatic experience.

If these issues significantly affect your child's daily life and cause them distress, therapy might be a good step. At Reliant Family Psychiatry, we look closely at the child's behavior, considering potential mental health issues, neurological or developmental disorders, or other factors that could be influencing their well-being.

Talk Therapy

Talk therapy provides a safe space for kids to express their thoughts and feelings and learn how to develop healthy coping strategies. The child-centered approach includes teaching skills in communication, problem-solving, decision-making, emotional regulation, and managing stress.

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Play Therapy

Play therapy is a form of talk therapy specifically designed for kids who are too young or unable to express their feelings in words. Through play, therapists can help young patients explore emotions, develop new skills, solve problems, and gain insight into their behaviors. Play therapy can take the form of games, storytelling, art, or music.

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Art therapy

Art therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses art materials such as paints, markers, clay, and digital media to help kids express their emotions and gain insight into their behavior. It can be used in conjunction with traditional talk therapy or as a standalone treatment.

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ABA therapy

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a form of treatment that uses positive reinforcement to encourage desired behaviors. ABA therapy is most commonly used to support children with autism and developmental disabilities. Children learn how to recognize their emotions, understand consequences of actions, and develop healthy coping skills.

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Forms of child & adolescent therapy

​Discover a brighter mental well-being journey at Reliant Family Psychiatry in Texas!

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