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Types of Therapy

Understanding the Types of Therapy for Children

Navigating childhood is a complex journey filled with ups and downs. Even with supportive families and stable environments, kids can face emotional and psychological challenges they’re not equipped to handle alone. While it’s completely natural for children to experience difficulty in processing and expressing their emotions, sometimes they need a little extra help. Therapy can offer a safe space for them to explore their feelings and nurture healthy coping mechanisms. It’s not about labeling them, but about giving them the tools to grow in a balanced way. What Is Therapy for Children, and How Does It Work? Therapy for children isn’t just a scaled-down version of adult therapy. It’s a specialized field that considers the unique developmental stages, emotional needs, and social contexts kids are navigating.  It’s about helping children understand themselves better and equipping them with the emotional and psychological tools they need to cope with whatever challenges they’re facing. The idea is not to change who they are, but to help them become the best version of themselves by fostering self-aware...

By Gurinder "Vicki" Bolina, PhD, PsyD

Published: January 29, 2024
Read Time: 8 Minutes
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Understanding the Types of Therapy for Children
Disorders

What Parents Should Know About Children and OCD

This content has been updated from the previous article on June 17, 2021. While popular media would have people believe that OCD exclusively affects adults, children can develop the condition. In fact, early-onset OCD is one of the more common mental illnesses of children and adolescents, with a prevalence of 1% to 3%. It impairs the quality of life of the affected young people but is often diagnosed only after a delay. Researchers have found that COVID-19 has worsened OCD symptoms in children and teens with the disorder. Furthermore, it appears that some people are developing OCD in response to COVID-19 trauma, even when they did not live with the disorder before. Parents who know about this disorder’s symptoms, causes, and treatment options can look out for signs of OCD in children and help their kids if the problem ever arises. Symptoms of OCD in Children In both children and adults, the symptoms of OCD can be categorized into two types: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are things that the patient thinks about constantly, even when the thoughts cause distress. The child may have these thoughts at inappropriate times an...

By Gurinder "Vicki" Bolina, PhD, PsyD

Published: January 24, 2024
Read Time: 4 Minutes
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What Parents Should Know About Children and OCD