“Does my child really need to go to therapy? Isn’t he a little young for that?”
It can sometimes be a difficult concept to embrace as a parent - placing your child in therapy when they are so seemingly young and naïve to the world around them. What problems could they really be experiencing that require professional help?
Well, the truth of the matter is that therapy can be invaluable for children at such a young age. We unfortunately at times place a negative connotation to the idea of entering into therapy, when in fact, its an amazing opportunity for children to gain a greater understanding of themselves - establishing the ability to identify emotions, understand how those feelings impact their behaviors, and ultimately how best to self regulate when triggered.
This can be done through the utilization of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT). CBT works to strengthen a child’s ability to change perspectives. Where they may have once accepted their own anxious thoughts as truth, CBT helps them to break those thoughts down into a more rational, realistic understanding of the situation. This is achieved by making connections between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Helping them to begin analyzing what the root issue is behind their actions and gaining a greater understanding of the ‘whys’. Overtime, children become more equipped to respond with a non-anxious and well thought out interpretation rather than an emotionally driven and impulsive reaction.