We offer treatment to children and adolescents around issues like emotional problems (traumas, anxiety issues, depression, self-harm and eating problems) and behavioural problems (conduct and defiant problems, alcohol and drug abuse, ADHD). The approach we use in working with children and adolescents is called behavioural therapy, with elements from other therapeutic approaches, like cognitive therapy and family therapy. We offer individual work to children and adolescents, but we believe that the best approach is working both with the children and adolescents and their families. Sometimes the young people (especially the ones with behavioural problems) can show little motivation for change and also for any change to be maintain, it needs to be reinforced by the adults in the family.
Behavioural therapy is a pragmatic way of working with young people, for example it does not try to uncover the deep seated causes of a child being anxious (as this might take years and the science doesn’t tell us that this is very effective), but instead teaches the child how to approach fearful situations, teaches her skills in how to deal effectively with anxious feelings and urges to avoid those situations, and also teaches parents how to effectively reinforce the child’s efforts to manage his/her anxiety.
Behavioural therapy is a way of working with young people that is goal oriented, relies a lot on the clients monitoring symptoms and problems, is active and directive and present focused and requires young people or their families to work on their problems in between sessions. The therapist will assign “homework” that is collaboratively agreed and reviewed in the next session. Behavioural therapy helps young people deal better with everyday stresses, by teaching them skills in solving their problems, in communicating better with others and managing better strong emotions (like anger, anxiety or sadness).