Psychotherapy

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Many children go through a time in life where they seem to struggle in school and at home. For some children, these challenges might be a response to transitions such as the birth of a sibling, divorce, a move, a specific traumatic event, or a death in the family. For other children, there might not be an obvious trigger for their difficulties.  When you notice your child struggling and it seems to be more than a normal “bump in the road” of life, it might be a sign that they need therapy.

At Triangle Child Psychology, children and adolescents are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of developmental issues.  Our youngest clients learn to express their needs and tackle developmental challenges related to separation, individuation, and school readiness.  Adolescents will typically utilize therapy to address  challenges with self-esteem, peer relationships, school and academic difficulties, depression and anxiety, and strained family relationships.  With psychotherapy, our psychologists help your child gain the necessary skills to have healthy peer and family relationships.

We work with parents of our child and adolescent clients in a team approach to psychotherapy. This means that parents are a resource in their child’s treatment and we assist parents with parenting concerns as needed, meeting without the child in regular sessions separate from the child’s weekly sessions. In parent meetings, the parents help the psychologist assess progress and continued challenges and the psychologist offers ideas and new skills in the face of old patterns and difficult behaviors.

 

Family Therapy

Family therapy allows the entire family unit to come together with their therapist to promote a healthy family system. Family therapy is a great option for those seeking to improve communication, solve problems or relational conflict, and ultimately foster warm, positive relationships between family members. We work with families to manage many different stressors, including unexpected hardship, separation of caregivers, ongoing friction between siblings or between children and caregivers, as well as many others.

While the course of family therapy looks different for each family, communication is the foundation. Your therapist may engage individual family members in discussion separately before facilitating discussion with the entire family. Over the course of the therapeutic relationship, your therapist will support the whole family in using the strategies learned so that you can feel confident in your family’s ability to manage similar concerns in the future.

 

Parent Therapy

While we know you wouldn’t change it for the world, let’s face it: Being a parent can be hard! At TCP, we recognize that you can’t pour from an empty cup, so we emphasize the health and wellbeing of our parents as much as we do our kids. We offer parent therapy to help you manage the stressors that come with being a parent.  When we are triggered by our children, it is likely due to unresolved conflicts about the way we were parented when we were children.  Doing the “inner work” required to understand and move past these conflicts can help us to be the parent we want to be for our own children.  If you’re ready to do some “inner work,” we’d love to help you along the way!

We’re also happy to offer parent support groups as a way for our parents to get to know other parents in the community, share resources, and provide a network of support. Our support groups aren’t just limited to parents, either! We know it takes a village to raise a child, and any and all members of that village are welcome to join.

 

Group Therapy

Group therapy is an excellent way to connect with others and build skills with a team. We pride ourselves on maintaining a safe and accepting group therapy environment so that your child feels as comfortable as possible, ultimately maximizing their potential for success in the group.  Our group therapies target a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns and center on building essential skills (such as effective communication, problem solving, and handling disagreements) that your child will continue to use throughout their life. Group therapy is also an excellent opportunity for your child or teen to practice the skills they are working on in individual therapy in an applied context under the guidance of a trained therapist. This additional practice is designed to increase the likelihood of your child successfully using these strategies when they need it most in the real world.

TCP offers a variety of group therapy options designed to address different concerns. Groups run at different intervals over the course of the year based on interest from the community. If you’re interested in one of our groups or have a special interest in a topic for a future group, send us a request on our contact page!

 

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