Outpatient Mental and Behavioral Health Therapy for Children

Watson Institute’s Behavioral Health Services offer a variety of therapy services for children up to the age of 21. Individual and social skills group therapy and medication management are the primary child therapies provided by Watson’s experienced psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists.

How can Outpatient Mental and Behavioral Health Therapy help my child?

You may be wondering if therapy services are necessary for your child. Some common symptoms and stressors that may indicate that mental or behavioral health therapy services could be beneficial to your child include:

  • Excessive worries
  • Sleep issues due to worry
  • Anger/aggression
  • Inappropriate behaviors
  • Social difficulties
  • Lack of motivation
  • Traumatic experience
  • Withdrawal or isolation

If any of these symptoms appear in your child, consider reaching out to the Watson Institute and inquiring about our therapy services.

Individual Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Watson’s individual therapy for children and adolescents focuses on selecting interventions that are tailored to meet the child’s needs, based on his/her diagnosis, strengths and areas of opportunity. Therapy is typically provided on a weekly basis but may be revised based upon the needs of the child.

Watson’s experienced clinicians are trained to provide therapy approaches such as:

  • Trauma-Informed Care: a therapy approach that seeks to increase awareness of the impact of trauma on your child’s life experiences and relationships. It recognizes how trauma can change the trauma survivor’s outlook, emotions, and behaviors.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): a therapy technique that influences behavioral changes by understanding thoughts and feelings and examining thought patterns.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): helps individuals examine and challenge unhealthy patterns of coping (such as self-injurious behaviors or thoughts of self-harm) and learn new skills which help them to achieve overall wellness and healthy coping strategies.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Therapy: a therapy for those suffering from PTSD that seeks to improve symptoms related to the trauma, teach skills to deal with symptoms, and restore thought patterns and self-esteem.

As a parent or guardian of a child receiving individual therapy, you will receive education about his/her diagnosis, the symptoms, and treatment options that are available. You may also be invited to participate in family group therapy sessions along with your child as part of the treatment process.

Sometimes therapy alone does not meet a child’s need for support. A combination of medication and therapy may be suggested as that is oftentimes the most effective treatment approach. If your child’s team decides to proceed with a combined approach, your child’s medication will be managed in conjunction with their therapy.

If you think your child with special needs could benefit from Watson’s child therapy services, request an appointment with a Watson Outpatient Behavioral Health Services expert today!