What is child therapy?
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists are trained to work with the complex emotional lives of infants, children, young people, families and carers by carefully observing a child or young person and responding to what they might be communicating through their behaviour and play.
During a therapeutic session, younger children may be encouraged to play, while older children may be asked to draw or paint and teenagers to talk about their feelings.
What is an Integrative Psychotherapy?
The Integrative approach assumes that each person is uniquely different and that no single approach to therapy can address the physical, social, emotional and psychological needs of any person.
An Integrative psychotherapist is trained in a number of therapeutic approaches, which helps to tailor therapy to the client rather than tailoring the client to a particular type of therapy, bearing in mind the differences in life experiences of each individual.
What can I expect in the first session when I see a therapist?
Many people who have never been in a therapy session wonder what it will be like.
In your first session, I will spend some time getting to know you and the issues that brought you into therapy.
I will ask questions about your presenting concerns or struggles, as well as your history and background. You might talk about your relationships, your interests, your strengths, and your goals.
Most importantly, in that first session, you will begin forming a relationship. You should feel safe, accepted, respected, and relatively comfortable.
Not all therapists are right for every person, so use your first session to assess whether or not the therapist you chose feels like a good match for your personality.