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Modes of treatment (individual and family based therapy)
We select the most appropriate and suitable mode of treatment to suit your child’s concerns and needs. Your child’s treatment may involve individual therapy, family-based therapy and/or group therapy.
In individual therapy sessions we work one-on-one with your child to treat your child’s concerns. We use individual therapy in combination with family-based and group-based therapies for most children. We predominantly use individual therapy on its own with adolescents because they are more capable of learning skills and strategies to independently tackle their concerns and because they are more likely to engage in private and confidential therapy. Parents are involved in individual therapy sessions at the end of each session when we inform parents about the strategies and skills that their child has been working on and provide parents with tips to assist their children.
There are many benefits to individual therapy, such as: being able to focus entirely on your child’s concerns, tailoring strategies and skills to your child’s unique needs without the influence of or consideration of others, and providing young people with an outlet to share their thoughts and feelings in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment.
In family-based therapy sessions we work with your child and your family to treat your child’s concerns. A family-based session may involve one parent with the child, both parents with the child or both parents with all of the children. Where appropriate and necessary, we involve families as much as possible in order to ensure the best outcomes for your family. Family-based therapy can help your family to understand your family’s role in your child’s concerns, understand how your child’s concerns can impact your entire family, and develop alternative family strategies and skills to manage your child’s concerns.
There are many benefits to family-based therapy, such as: being able to focus on the child’s and the family’s needs, providing psychoeducation to the entire family so that everyone can understand and cope with your child’s concerns, and working as a family on your child’s concerns so that an individual child doesn’t feel as if s/he is the problem or target.