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Child Psychology: What You Should

Know

Most adults understand that our reality comes from our own perceptions of interactions with the world around us. We know situations are temporary and things can- and inevitably will- change. As adults, we are very much in control of most of these events and we have learned to navigate through difficult situations. We can make choices to stay or leave, speak or remain silent, or simply choose to remove ourselves from situations that make us unhappy.

Children, on the other hand, are at the mercy of the world around them. In spite of what many adults recall, being a child is a difficult, albeit amazing, time of life. Emotions (even good ones) tend to be felt strongly and children don’t yet have the psychological tools to express themselves fully or ask the right questions when needed. Emotional regulation is still developing and this can lead to feelings of extreme highs and lows. There are times when, even as an adult, the world seems confusing. That confusion only multiplies when there is little or no understanding of why, what, and how surrounding an event. Adults need to understand that self-expression and discussion are fundamental needs of all humans, regardless of age. The job of a child psychologist Edmonton, or therapist is to assess and address the needs of a child. These needs may be physical, social-emotional, or cognitive in nature and all are equally important.

Who Needs Child Psychology?

The most upfront and basic answer to who needs a kids or teen counselor is, everyone. All children can benefit from speaking with a child psychologist Edmonton, just as all adults can benefit from counseling sessions. Some children seeking a counselor are typical, with no major medical history or diagnosis, while others may have diagnoses of disability or illness. Life can be difficult and the constant changes in our world may induce anxiety and fear. Due to their developing emotional regulation, children might not be able to effectively cope with the big feelings associated with anxiety and fear.

Abraham Maslow, a well-known psychologist, broke it down into a simple Hierarchy of Needs. If basic needs such as physiological, safety, love, and esteem are not met, a child can not progress through the hierarchy. Although we try our best as adults to shield children from pain and disappointment, it is inevitable they will experience those feelings at some point in time. Whether from divorce, tragedy, fear, displacement, or a wide variety of other events, children often need a

child psychologist, or therapist they can trust. At Pine Integrated Health Centre, we work to become a trusted light to help guide the child out of whatever they have experienced, and provide them with tools they can use to feel more in control and confident.

Some of the Struggles We Can Help Your Child  or Teen With:

Family Problems

School Problems

Grief & Loss

Bullying

Health Struggles

Sadness

Anger Struggles

Self-Esteem, Insecurity & Body Image

Stress and Worry

Disordered Eating

Self Injury

Addiction

Disruptive Behaviour

Trauma

Frequent Nightmares

Self Destructive Behaviours

Suicide Ideation

Depression & Anxiety

Divorce

Sexual Abuse

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Play Therapy

With children, thoughts and emotions can surface during play. Using evidence based play therapy can help your child figure out feelings and express them

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

With CBT, kids are shown how to identify negative or distorted thoughts and address them. This type of therapy is good for addressing mood disorders like anxiety and depression.

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Behaviour Therapy

This type of therapy focuses on behaviour modification. Positive and negative behaviours are identified and we work with the parent(s) to change contributing environmental factors.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

This type of therapy helps a child understand and accept their inner emotions. It guides children and teens to use their deeper understanding of their emotional struggles to commit to moving forward in a positive way.

Mental Health

Mental health has come a long way over the past 50 years. While our parents and grandparents were told to not discuss things that were troubling them, now we are being encouraged to talk through issues that may be troubling us. With bullying, peer pressure and suicide rates being where they are, mental health has been brought to the surface as a vital component of healthcare.

Early psychological intervention means the child will receive early therapeutic care, which will help them adaptively progress into adulthood. We need to have healthy discussions, promote positivity, and give our children the tools they need to walk through life confidently. At Pine Integrated Health we care for the mind, which allows the child to develop new tools for them to grow, and to set them up for success in the future.

We would love to help you find a Child Psychologist in Edmonton that is the best fit for you.

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