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For ages up to 18 years

Child and adolescent psychotherapy serves a range of behavioural and emotional problems. Therapists are trained to carefully observe a child or young person and respond to what they might be communicating through their behaviour and play. They also apply their framework of thinking to work with parents, families and carers and to training and supporting other professionals who work with children, young people, parents and families to ensure a deeper understanding of the child’s perspective

A child and young person psychotherapist can help the child/adolescent to understand himself or herself through their relationship together.  The problems identified in this relationship shed light on those in other relationships in the child’s life, whether in the past or present.  During a therapeutic session, younger children may be encouraged to play, while older children may be asked to draw or paint and teenagers to talk about their feelings.

The psychotherapist is skilled to establish an emotionally containing relationship in which the child’s own view of the world can be expressed, through words and/or actions. The work of the therapist is to find a way of carefully making this explicit to the child so that a shared insight into the child’s way of functioning is arrived at.

Psychotherapy enables them to work with disturbing thoughts and help the child make sense of their experience and develop their own individuality and potential.  Confused, frightened, hurt, angry or painful feelings can gradually be put into words rather than actions.  As a result, the child can begin to express their emotions in less disturbed ways and begin to return to the normal process of development. They are likely to feel less anxious, more able to learn and better equipped to sustain friendships. It can also improve the quality of life within the family or in relationships with carers and professionals.
Therapists may see a child or young person individually, in a group with other children or young people or with parents or other family members.
Therapists may also see parents or carers without the child being present. Sometimes the child is seen by another professional while work with the parents goes on; sometimes only the parents are worked with.

Child and adolescent psychotherapists play a specialist function as part of a multi-disciplinary team, helping to support other professionals including teachers, school counsellors, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, doctors and nursery school staff in a range of settings.

Child and adolescent psychotherapists tailor their approach to the individual child and work in an age-appropriate way. During an individual session, young children do not usually talk directly about difficult things but will communicate through play or art.

Older children may also play or draw whilst teenagers are more likely to talk about their feelings.

Infants and parents are seen together to think about their patterns of interaction.

To a trained eye, every interaction in the room, from play to sharing of experiences, is a powerful form of communication which may express how a child feels and the difficulties he or she may be experiencing. The relationship between the child and the therapist is central to the treatment.

Interventions with children and/or parents may be short- or long-term, depending on the individual need of the child.
According to the World Health Organisation, 10-20% of young people globally experience mental health problems. Promoting children’s mental and behavioural health underlies healthy development and health equity across the lifespan.

Children and young people who have emotional and mental health problems, that can be long-lasting, may respond to people and situations in ways that they do not understand and cannot control.  Their emotions can be extreme and powerful and are often expressed through their behaviour and in problematic relationships. This can prevent these children from benefiting from the care and opportunities that are available to them. Left untreated children and young people may respond to people and situations in ways they do not understand and cannot control. Research increasingly highlights the probability of these difficulties persisting into adulthood, causing significant disturbances in one’s work and relationships, hampering the quality of life and one’s happiness quotient.

Stress of any kind, when prolonged becomes toxic, and impacts early brain development and later brain function, including executive functions such as control over emotions and impulses.

However, research shows that the impact of environmental risk factors can be lessened or even prevented through building resilience, which, in turn, can be promoted through prevention and early intervention.

For ages 18 years and above

There could be a number of reasons why you might be thinking about seeing a therapist. These reasons include heightened levels of anxiety or depression or wanting to deal with long-standing emotional concerns or in response to unexpected life events or changes, such as transitions from work, loss of relationships, death or loss. These events can at times overwhelm our minds, negatively impacting our emotional health and well-being by causing immense psychic pain. A psychotherapist is typically qualified as a psychologist by education and experience along with a training in one or more specific modality of therapy that skills him/her to provide insight, support and strategies to help you through these challenges. It is important to understand that seeking out therapy is hence an individual choice.

Every therapy session is unique and caters to an individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant.

During the initial session you have the opportunity to disclose any areas of your life that bring about distress, reasons for referral as well as questions and concerns regarding the process.

Yes, online sessions are possible as long as the time of appointment falls between 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday in India.

The psychologist uses an integrative approach combining psychodynamic and attachment theory concepts in working with individuals and families.

Therapy is not advice-giving. Also, a therapist doesn’t solve your problems for you. Rather, he or she helps you clarify issues so you can solve problems on your own with a therapist’s guidance, support, and expertise. The goal of therapy is to make you more self-sufficient, not more dependent.

Research increasingly supports the idea that emotional and physical health are closely linked and that therapy can improve a person’s overall health status.

There is convincing evidence that most people who have at least several sessions of therapy are better off than untreated individuals, who are having emotional difficulties. The biggest indicator of client success is the therapeutic relationship that develops between the therapist and client.

The preferred contact method is email. Or you may fill the contact form on this website and we aim to reply within 48 hours (excluding non-working days)