- About CAPCT
- Continuing Education and Professional Development
Through a combination of talk and play, the child has an opportunity to understand and manage their conflicts and feelings, which lead to changes in their behavior. The relationship that develops between the therapist and the child creates a trusting bond which helps the child to feel comfortable in expressing their inner world (thoughts and feelings).
The therapist listens to the child and together they understand the meaning of the child’s thoughts, feelings and behavior. In this way a child can work through his/her difficulties toward more adaptive behavior. Goals for therapy may be specific such as changes in behavior, improved relations with friends or family; or more general such as less anxiety, better self esteem.
The therapist also works with the child’s family in order to support the positive changes taking place in the individual treatment, and to help the parents understand their child’s behavior, resolve problems, and modify family dynamics.
Psychotherapy is not an easy answer or a quick fix. It is a complex and rich process that can reduce symptoms, provide insight and improve a child or adolescent’s functioning and quality of life.