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Lots of kids have problems that affect how they feel, think, or act. Therapy is a way to get help with these problems. If you go to therapy, you’ll meet with a therapist to talk and learn. Therapy helps kids learn to cope better, communicate better, and do better.
If you’re dealing with a problem, your parent or doctor might suggest you go to a therapist. Or it might be your idea. You might be the one to ask your parent to take you to a therapist.
Therapists are trained to help kids with all kinds of problems. They help kids going through tough times like:
They help kids with feelings like:
They help kids with conditions like:
Kids need therapy when they have problems they can’t cope with alone. Therapy helps them talk about their feelings and learn new skills. It helps them work out their problems. As this happens, kids start to try new skills and do better.
In therapy, kids learn by talking and doing. Therapists do activities with kids that teach skills. Kids learn to use these skills to solve problems. A therapist gives praise and support as kids learn. This helps kids do their best and feel proud of the work they are doing.
At first, your therapist will talk with you and your parent. Therapists ask questions and listen. This helps them learn more about you. The therapist will tell you how they can help.
When the therapist knows you better, the two of you might:
How long therapy lasts depends on your problem and what you need. Most of the time, a therapist will want to meet with you once a week for a few months.
If you’re going to a therapist, here are some ways to help yourself too:
Noticing your feelings and saying how you feel can help you feel better. This article for kids has ideas on how to practice talking about feelings and emotions.
Sometimes you really need to talk with mom or dad. But it’s not always easy. Here are tips on how to have a good talk.
Therapy is part of the treatment for most kids who have ADHD. This article is for kids who want to find out how therapy helps children with ADHD.
Everybody gets stressed from time to time. This article for kids has some tips for you to try the next time you’re stressed.
It’s normal for parents to disagree and argue sometimes. But when parents fight, it can make kids feel upset. The good news is that usually families can work together to solve problems.
Everyone has a bad day at school once in a while, but some kids really don’t like school. Read this article for kids to find out more.
Divorce is tough for everyone involved, including kids. Find out more in this article.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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