Child Therapy

Psychotherapists based in Offered in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York.
Also serving clients virtually in Oregon and Massachusetts

Child Therapy

Every day, adolescents and teens face many challenges that take a toll on their mental health and well-being. At Brooklyn Integrative Psychological Services, the team has extensive experience providing child therapy. Whether your child receives therapy at their New York City offices or through telehealth visits, their compassionate providers build trust and connections, paving the path for successful therapy. Complete the online form to contact Brooklyn Integrative Psychological Services and request an appointment.

What conditions are treated with child therapy?

Children experience stress and anxiety from many possible causes. They may face bullying on the playground or develop a phobia. Some don’t outgrow natural developmental stages like separation anxiety.

Teens also face bullying, discrimination, and peer pressure. Nearly one-third of teens have an anxiety disorder, while one in five struggle with depression. Children and teens may develop mental health disorders, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Conduct disorders
  • Attachment disorders
  • Tic disorders
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ASD is often noticeable by age 1. Signs of the other conditions may appear as early as preschool or around age 6 or later.

What symptoms indicate the need for child therapy?

Children too young to identify and express their feelings often act out with oppositional and defiant behaviors. Other common symptoms parents may notice include:

  • Refusing to go to school
  • Angry outbursts or destructive behaviors
  • Frequent stomach aches and other physical problems
  • Clinginess or tantrums when separated from parents
  • Difficulty sleeping, nightmares, or night terrors
  • Intense fear about animals, needles, or situations
  • Difficulty socializing or making friends
  • Constant worry about family and friends
  • Low self-esteem (lack of confidence)
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Low energy or fatigue

Parents may also notice their child makes self-critical comments like, “I’m worthless, no one likes me, you hate me,” and others.

What are the different types of child therapy?

The Brooklyn Integrative Psychological Services team specializes in many therapies for children and teens, always choosing a method appropriate to each person’s age and developmental stage.

Many therapies are effective for children and teens, including:

  • Play therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Drama therapy (play-acting)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT)
  • Parent-child interaction therapy (PIT)
  • Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Family therapy

Parent education is also an essential part of child therapy. Your provider teaches you about your child’s mental health challenges, how to implement aspects of therapy at home, and recommends changes like new discipline techniques that work best for your child’s needs.

Early treatment makes a significant difference, helping children succeed in all aspects of their lives. Use the online booking form to request an appointment as soon as you notice signs of mental health problems.