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Supershrinks

What's the secret of their success?

Scott Miller, Mark Hubble, and Barry Duncan

Trying to identify specific interventions that could be reliably dispensed for specific problems has a strong commonsense appeal. No one would argue with the success of the idea of problem-specific interventions in the field of medicine. But the evidence is incontrovertible. Who provides the therapy is a much more important determinant of success than what treatment approach is provided.

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The End of Innocence

Reconsidering Our Concepts of Victimhood

Dusty Miller

As a systems therapist, incest survivor, and recovering alcoholic, I've lived through several stages of our culture's attempt to come to terms with child sexual abuse--as a victim in the silent 1950s; as a therapy client in the oblivious 1960s and 1970s; and as a psychotherapist in the 1980s and 1990s, when once-dismissed accounts of abuse filled my therapy practice (and my television screen) only to be partly discredited within the decade during another swing of the cultural pendulum.

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The Accidental Therapist

Jay Haley Didn't Set Out to Transform Psychotherapy

Mary Sykes Wylie

Jay Haley, who died earlier this year at the age of 83, was an unlikely candidate to become a founder of the early family therapy movement. An outsider to the field, he had no formal training in psychology or psychotherapy. Yet, if you ask family and brief therapists who most inspired them, chances are his name will be among the first mentioned, and if you ask which figure inspired the best arguments about therapy, you'll probably get the same result.

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Applying the Brakes

In Trauma Treatment, Safety is Essential

Babette Rothschild

My approach to trauma work is rooted in an experience I had in college. A friend asked me to teach her to drive--in a new car my father had just given me. Sitting in the passenger seat next to her as she prepared to turn on the ignition, I suddenly panicked. I quickly realized that before I taught her how to make that powerful machine go, I had to make sure that she knew how to put on the brakes. I apply the same principle to therapy, especially trauma therapy. I never help clients call forth traumatic memories unless I and my clients are confident that the flow of their anxiety, emotion, memories, and body sensations can be contained at will.

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VIDEO: Engaging Kids who Hate Therapy

How to Talk to Kids in a Way They Understand

Janet Sasson Edgette

Connecting with today’s youth doesn’t mean being able to recite Justin Bieber’s latest hit. According to Janet Edgette, author of Adolescent Therapy That Really Works, it takes authenticity, perspective, and knowing how to make kids feel like they’re being listened to and respected.

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VIDEO: Helping Kids Discover Their Inner Wisdom

How to Tap Into Young Clients’ Imaginations

Charlotte Reznick

Bobby throws temper tantrums at home and at school. His parents bring him to you for therapy, but Bobby refuses to answer questions and sits in your office during sessions with his arms folded until the hour is up. So what’s to be done?

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When Every Session Mattered

The Legacy of Braulio Montalvo

Jay Lappin

In this highly charged atmosphere, no one on staff, not even Minuchin himself, was more revered for his ability to penetrate to the core of a family’s problem than Braulio Montalvo...when I asked Braulio how he’d been able to turn around the session so quickly, he simply said, “I just gave him a [new] way to be strong.” Then, characteristically, without calling any more attention to himself, he walked out of the room. It was as if we’d just been shown how to make a skeleton key to an entire city by a master locksmith.

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Using Empathy to Help Kids Self-regulate

How Being Calm and Collected Gets Us Connected

Rich Simon

According to Martha Straus, author of No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents, time-outs don’t really nip misbehavior in the bud. Instead, they often exacerbate anxiety, making kids feel misunderstood and alone. Young kids can’t self-soothe and regulate emotion like adults can, Martha says. That’s why, in these sorts of situations, she says we need to turn to co-regulation, “loaning” our limbic brains and emotional stability to help kids feel attended to and comforted.

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Attachment Work with Cut-Off Kids

Today’s Video: Becoming Part of the Young Client’s Story

Rich Simon

When Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy developer Daniel Hughes first started working with children who struggled with serious behavioral and emotional problems, he knew something was missing in his approach. Daniel found the answers he was looking for in Attachment Theory—or at least most of them. Attachment Theory told him plenty about the symptoms and behaviors of his clients, but there were no instructions he could immediately apply to working with kids and families. He had to experiment and think outside the box to develop his own attachment-informed way of doing therapy.

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Helping Anxious Parents Help Their Anxious Kids

How to Keep Anxiety from Taking Charge

Rich Simon

It’s important to remember that parents of children in therapy often find their child’s problems just as anxiety-provoking as the child does, says Lynn Lyons, author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents. Don’t be afraid to lead with a little humor when dealing with parents, she says, and then follow with your knowledge and advice.

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