Scott A. Boles, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
                                                                                                             Lic# PSY15930

Child Psychotherapy



C
hildren can behave in ways that puzzle and worry their parents and teachers. Sometimes their behavior is symptomatic of passing problems which have arisen in reaction to temporary stresses. But sometimes their difficulties do not go away by themselves and are more than simply a passing phase. 

Such children may have difficulties in school, trouble making friends, or constantly argue with their siblings and parents. Some children may have intense and dramatic emotional states while others become withdrawn and suffer silently. They may be clingy, afraid to go to school, hyperactive, hunger for attention, worry excessively, or have unrelenting temper tantrums. Therapy can help children explore and overcome these problems. 

Since children tend not to be aware of the underlying issues that affect their feelings and behavior, and trying to have adult-like conversations with them about their problems can feel too overwhelming, a special approach is often required which involves the use of children's play. This type of therapy, or "play therapy" as it is commonly called, uses the imaginative play created by children to gain insight into their problems, which can then be understood and solved with the help of their "worry doctor".

Given parents are the most important people in the life of a child, regular communication between parents and the child's psychologist is essential to successful therapy. This often takes the form of private consultations with parents, once or twice a month, where they have an opportunity to discuss their ongoing concerns, as well as receive invaluable feedback about their child.
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