Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Therapy is Not a Four Letter Word

Over the years, therapy has moved in and out of vogue. It used to be thought of as something only for children who were abused and neglected. Over time, it has become more recognized as a valuable service for any child struggling with interpersonal issues, peer, school or social problems or when there's been a significant event or change in the family. Children can't always recognize their feelings and speak about them but they know something isn't "right." They also don't always want to talk about these feelings with their parents. Why? Children don't want to worry their parents; they want to protect them. So, having a space - outside the family environment - where they can be helped to uncover and process the things that don't feel "right" can make a world of difference for a child, improving self esteem, peer relations, school performance and family relationships.