What is therapy?
Therapy is a process between a person and their psychologist which aims to identify and understand the concerns the person may have about an issue, and find ways of addressing those concerns.
What do you do in therapy?
Therapy is a very active learning and growing process. After you have identified your goals and discussed these with your psychologist, your psychologist will create a therapy plan detailing approaches to used, strategies to be taught, and, for children, methods of teaching that will be most helpful. Therapy for adults usually only involves the adult, but therapy with children or adolescents often means parents are involved in sessions as well. Therapy can involve some talking, learning and practicing strategies, drama, role plays, art, games etc. The focus of therapy is always to help you achieve your goals.
Do I, or my child, need therapy?
People attend therapy for a variety of reasons. Some people may need therapy to help them cope with day to day living. Others may want therapy to help them stay well and enjoy life. Generally it is wise to seek help if a behaviour, feeling, or circumstance is stopping you or your child from doing things you or they would like to do or benefit from doing. For example, if you would like to lose weight but find yourself eating as a response to stress.
Does therapy work?
In short, yes. Therapy helps individuals become more resilient. It helps children learn strategies to manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and it helps families learn to understand and communicate more effectively with one another. Therapy builds resilient and happy children, and strong families.