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
Aoife O’ Neill (CBT Therapist) along with all of our Clinical Psychologists can provide CBT through the therapeutic process.
The Structure of the Therapy is as follows with Aoife O’Neill(CBT Therapist)
If your child is under the age of 12 we recommend our Parent-Led CBT sessions where parents will be given the tools to manage their child’s anxiety now and in the future.
A minimum of 4 sessions is recommended with the following structure around sessions
- Session 1 is an assessment session to gather a full family background in order to tailor a treatment plan that is best for your individual circumstances.
- Session 2&3 focus on psychoeducation and implementation of strategies. We will explore what anxiety is, how it is impacting your child and start to introduce strategies that you can implement within the home and bring back to session to review.
- Session 4 is a review of our learnings and mapping out a plan going forward.
It would be recommended that we book in one monthly check-in session to review progress and address any concerns parents might have.
If your child is over the age of 12 years the following will apply
- Once an appointment has been made with Therapist both parents where possible are required to attend with their child/adolescent at the first appt
- Therapist 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.
- 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 Therapist and Parents.
- Therapist will organise feedback with parents throughout the block of therapy.
- All all times throughout a Therapy Process please be mindful that a type of therapy may not be suitable to your child and family for various different reasons an so the plan may change and as we work as a Multi-disciplinary team we are always working together with the best outcome for child.
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.