Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and the therapist. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. You and your therapist will work together to identify and change the thought and behavior patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best. Within psychotherapy there are several different approaches that can be chosen.
Examples of psychotherapy approaches that NSPT has to offer:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the child’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. During a session where CBT is used the therapist will work with a person to uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviors and beliefs. New coping skills will be identified with ways to implement them.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- DBT emphasizes validation of feelings and behaviors instead of struggling with them. Having a child come to terms with uncomfortable feelings will allow him or her to push past what is blocking them and allow them to make the necessary change.
- Play Therapy
- Play therapy uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psycho-social challenges. This technique is often utilized with small children in which talk therapy is not a possibility. The objects and patterns of play can be used to understand the underlying rationale for behavior, both inside and outside of therapy session.
- Art and other creative forms of therapy
- Through creating art and reflecting on the processes, children can increase awareness and the ability to cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences.
During the first meeting the therapist will meet individually with the parent(s) to obtain a comprehensive history about the child and identify the concerns that have lead the child to be referred for services. Parents are a very important part of treatment and are encouraged to be involved in treatment whether it is through regular therapy sessions or parent support sessions in order to help strengthen the family and support the child. Also at this time the various therapeutic techniques will be discussed and therapy goals will be chosen.