Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a treatment that may help with problems such as:
CBT focuses on how a child thinks and what a child does. CBT mainly focuses on the present and future rather than past events or unconscious motives. The therapist decides (along with your child) what behaviors and thinking patterns need to change.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is different from other kinds of therapy in several ways. It is:
CBT typically requires the child to complete weekly homework assignments. This helps the child change behaviors between sessions. It also cuts down on the number of sessions needed.
Psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers provide CBT. CBT can be used in individual, family, and group therapy settings.
Children and teens are usually brought to therapy by a family member who thinks there is a problem. Children often blame their problems on family members, teachers, or peers. They may not see how talking to a therapist about their problems will help. Therapists who specialize in working with children and teens are skilled in finding out what the child wants. For example, do they want to stop being picked on by their peers? Get along better with family members? Feel better about themselves? This helps the therapist to motivate the child. The therapist also finds out whether the problem involves domestic violence or substance abuse.
Examples of cognitive-behavioral techniques include:
To find a CB therapist who specializes in working with children and teens, check with