Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists

Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents

Psychoanalytic child therapists provide assessments and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families who have disturbances in thinking, feeling, or behaviour that interferes with healthy development.

Some of the most common concerns parents and teachers have are disturbances manifested as:

  • anxiety
  • behavioural difficulties (aggression, defiance, delinquent behaviour)
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • learning difficulties
  • somatic complaints (headaches or stomach aches not caused by illness)

Psychoanalytic child therapists also work with children, adolescents experiencing disorders relating to:

  • attachment
  • adoption
  • bereavement
  • divorce and custody issues
  • physical and sexual abuse

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