Therapy for Children & Adolescents

Working With Children & Adolescents

At Willow, we understand the importance of providing quality care to support your child’s health and well-being. By engaging your child in therapy, you may see improvements in coping skills, communication, and emotional awareness. We have therapists who are able to work with children and adolescents ages 5-17.

What We See

Although it may look different, children often experience the same mental health challenges as adults. At Willow, we are able to provide therapy for children who are struggling with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, trauma responses, behavioral issues, autism, and ADHD. Causes of these struggles can include but are not limited to parental divorce, grief, relocation, bullying, illnesses, developmental delays, and overstimulation. 

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How We Help

Therapists at Willow are able to provide the following therapeutic services when working with children and adolescents:

Play Therapy

The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as "a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the ‘language” of the child – play.’ By incorporating modified therapeutic techniques into play, children are more likely to feel safe, heard, and understood. Play therapy also allows children to learn skills and emotional literacy in a way that meets them where they are at. 

EMDR

The EMDR International Association defines Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing as “a structured therapy that encourages the patient to focus briefly on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories.” EMDR can be adapted for use with children using worksheets and toys in order to promote engagement, focus, and effective communication. EMDR can be helpful for children or adolescents who are specifically struggling with anxiety or depression related to traumatic experiences. 

Art Therapy

The American Art Therapy Association shares that “through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone.” Like play therapy, art therapy provides a way for individuals to identify and explore thoughts, emotions, and behaviors while engaging the creative side of their brains, which promotes stress reduction, self-awareness, and problem solving. Art therapy can include drawing, painting, collaging, crafting, and building to help individuals process their internal and external worlds. 

CBT

Cognitive-behavioral therapy addresses the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. More specifically, this approach can help individuals identify and restructure negative thought patterns that lead to distressing emotions and troublesome behaviors. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be adapted to children and adolescents through play, art, and worksheets. 

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Parent Involvement

For children ages 12 and under, your therapist at Willow will request an individual parent(s) session and/or a combined parent with child session before beginning individual sessions with your child. Throughout the course of therapy, occasional parent/guardian or family sessions may be encouraged as a way for your child’s therapist to discuss progress and observations or as an opportunity to enhance child & parent engagement. For adolescents ages 13 and older, parent involvement is more variable depending on development and presenting issues. 

Confidentiality

For therapy to be effective, a child or adolescent must be afforded some degree of confidentiality. Most topics and issues will remain confidential within the confines of the therapeutic relationship; however, some information may be shared with a parent or guardian if the therapist believes that child safety is at risk. This mainly occurs if a child or adolescent is experiencing suicidal ideation, self-harm, or reports abuse. 

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Begin Therapy for children + adolescents in the Nashville area

Willow Counseling offers individual therapy for children and adolescents. Individual therapy sessions are held weekly or biweekly and last 45 or 60 minutes. Contact our counseling office or call 615-235-3508 to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.

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Other therapeutic services offered at Willow Counseling

Growing up is complex. Often, children and adolescents are also struggling with concerns such as depression, trauma symptoms, identity, or grief. Willow Counseling offers a variety of therapeutic services to help you on your road to healing & better mental health. If you are ready to find healing and live in the Nashville area, our therapists are here to help!