How Does Therapy Work?

 

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.