KIDS AND TEENS
Child Therapy and Parenting
INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE is also a place for children, teenagers and their parents. We offer child terapy and parental support to help you in any stage of your child development.
Pre-schoolers may manifest several non-adaptive behaviours, such as: extreme difficulty in separating from parents; intolerance to frustration or rules; selective eating / opposing eating behaviour; difficult bed routine and/or refusal of sleeping alone; difficult toileting and so on…
Our specialists will help parents in understanding whether such behaviours are due to emotional difficulties or distress that children are unable to communicate and they will provide educational strategies and parental support
1st to 5th Grade
Growing up, anxiety-related behaviours become more and more complex to manage and they appear as tantrums, somatic symptoms or unproportionate self-sufficiency when children are struggling but they don’t know how to ask for help.
Children of this age begin to care and worry about relationships with their friends and to feel the pressure of their parents’ expectations on how they perform at school or after-school activities.
Expatriates children also struggle in finding themselves in a totally new place, with a new home, a new language and new family habits.
Children who feel anxious often show some difficulties in socializing and they might spend too much time in isolation, with the only company of technology and videogames; on the opposite they might want to be with their parents all the time. Eating and sleeping disorders mostly develop at this age, often in combination with problems in focusing.
If you recognize your child in one of the cases above, it’s quite likely that he/she might need a child therapist to learn how to express emotions and developing coping strategies.
Our children sessions involve games and activities that children love, that are highly informative on their mental well-being. Child therapy has the aim of improving the relationship with parents, who should represent always a safe harbour they can reach whenever they struggle, since this is what makes them feel safe and self-confident.
Pre-Teens and Teenagers
Puberty and adolescence are the most controversial and difficult phases of human development: this is the time when individuals start having a definition of self, through the questioning of family’s rules and beliefs, whilst, at the same time, still strongly needing a family to feel safe. Children and parents go through this revolution by trial and error, constantly working on the re-definition of the self-other boundaries.
Most of the teens’ thoughts and struggles are related to inter-personal relationships, in particular with peers. Taking into account also the dramatic body change and the emerging of sexuality, a sense of inadequacy is extremely common between adolescents, so the large majority of teenagers struggle with group acceptance. At this age, boys and girls feel judged constantly, by parents, friends, social media and, mostly, by the other sex.
As mentioned above, flouting the rules is part of the process; however, if you think that your child is developing some an anti-social behaviour (such as shop-lifting, stealing money from home or doing drugs), or if self-managing about eating is putting your child's health at risk, you must get in touch with a therapist. Also, mood swings and emotional disregulation are common to all adolescents; nevertheless, if you notice that your child’s sadness or shyness is turning into depression, with social isolation and apathy or if you notice perfectionism with performance and/or eating habits, get in touch with a psychotherapist. Indeed, a therapist, being is outside of the conflict with the family, is the best person to help them find a more adaptive way to reach their goals and a way to emotionally reconnect to the family.
However, some boys and girls of this age do not accept visiting a therapist, in particular when the suggestion comes from their parents. In these cases, we supervise parents so that they can feel empowered, and we offer educational and relational strategies who are most appropriate in the specific situation.