Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT, is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
If your child suffers from anxiety, they also may suffer from:
- Pains in their tummy or headaches
- Low self Esteem
- Bed Time routines: not wanting to stay in their own bed at night as is afraid
- Not wanting to attend social events such as party’s or play-dates
- Struggling in School with friendships
- Behavioural Issues at home or in School
Marie O’Sullivan is our CBT Therapist and offers therapy to young children and adolescents within our service.
The Structure of the Therapy is as follows
- If you have done a Parental Intake with one of our Clinical Psychologists and it has been recommended for your child to start CBT as part of a therapeutic approach.
- Once an appointment has been made with Marie both parents where possible are required to attend with their child/adolescent at each appointment.
- Marie will bring Parents in for the first part of the session to get to know the family setup better and to start working with the family. All Therapy provided to young children has to be done in conjunction with parents so essentially your child will be receiving therapy while parents will be receiving parenting approaches to help their child with the difficulty they are having at this present time.
- There will always be feedback to parents at each session either at the start of the end of the session whatever is agreed upon at the initial appointment with Marie.
- CBT Sessions are normally block booked for 6 sessions initially and then move to once every two weeks or once a month again this is agreed upon in conjunction with Marie and Parents.
Children who have anxiety can worry about many different things. They can be thinking about the “what if’s….what might’s…..what could’s”. They can worry a lot about whether they are good enough at school, have enough friends, etc. They may be apprehensive about trying new things for example going for sleep overs, or may give up an activity that they have started because they don’t think they are good enough.
Out Team’s approach is working with the child and the parents. CBT is a very structured and practical approach to all difficulties a child may experience at some stage in their lives. Parents and children will gain tools to use not just at this time, but also for the future when difficult situations may arise.