Your child may not fully grasp what they are thinking and feeling. This is a skill that takes time and practice to develop. We will implement CBT strategies using language your child can understand. They will learn to replace negative thoughts with more positive beliefs about themselves. Through experience and practice, CBT techniques can help your child experience success in a variety of areas, including friendships, school, and relationships at home.
For example, if your child states, “I am not good at school,” we can help them challenge the thought, and replace it with a more positive one, such as “I am good at lots of things” or “If I practice, I will get better.”
Your child will engage in active discussions and work together in this process. We will also set positive and realistic goals. Homework assignments will be given (minus the grade!) to practice strategies learned during our sessions. While we will spend a little time discussing the past, that is not the primary focus of treatment. When your child learns about the core beliefs established long ago, they can then learn the steps to make changes so these beliefs no longer dominate their thoughts and behavior.