Who could benefit from child therapy?
In this discussion I’m referring to children 12 years and younger. Although adolescent patients can be considered in this discussion; their needs are often different and the structure of the process may be altered based on their developmental demands. Psychotherapy, or more specifically play therapy, is accessible for all children who have the capacity to be related, expressive, and interested in learning about themselves. Along with these qualities, children are most amenable to treatment when there is a sense of collaboration and interest by the parent/s and the therapist alike. In addition, the therapeutic process is successful when the child has permission to make use of the therapist and can build a sense of safety in sharing her/himself. What is child therapy? Depending on the age and character of the child, children have many different ways of sharing themselves with the therapist through play, communication, and nonverbal exchanges. In play therapy, the child makes use of vario