A therapist will choose the traditional form of therapy, referred to as talk therapy, for children who can confidently express themselves. Evidence-based treatment modalities such as, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) are used during this treatment.
Talk therapy is indicated for a wide variety of emotional problems, including:
The first session is always spent with the caregivers/parents without the child present. We use this session to gather information that will help us to assess, diagnose and treat your child or teen.
At the second session, both the parents and child join the therapist for the first 15 minutes to discuss the limits of confidentiality. After this, you’ll be asked to wait in the reception for the remainder of the session. We then deliver the most appropriate therapy for your child within a family-friendly environment.
Parental and family involvement is central to any treatment programme, and we encourage all parents to attend our Conscious Parent lecture series with Dr. Saliha Afridi.
It all depends on the issues a child is experiencing. As a general rule, a child should be seen by a psychiatrist if the ailment affecting the child is interfering in personal life, social life, academics and communications on a daily basis. As ignoring these concerns can lead to worsening of the emotional well being of the child.
The families should not shy away from any questions and concerns they have with regards to their child’s condition. This should include clarification of diagnoses, best treatment options available, progression and control of the psychiatric condition in the long run, if medications are prescribed then discuss all the benefits and side effects of the medications, and any other concerns they have can also be discussed in detail. The idea is to not leave the psychiatrist office until all information is discussed in detail and the course of action is clear and fully explained and understood by the child and the family.
The most common fears the parents have about the child psychiatrist is that their child will be labelled with a psychiatric condition, their child will be traumatized by the line of questioning, will be judged by the psychiatrist. They also fear that the psychiatrist will prescribe medication and will put pressure on the families to use the medications or will admit their child to an inpatient facility. They also fear that the medications will change their child’s personality. They also fear that the information will be shared with other people without their consent, and this in turn will create problems in personal and social circles for them.
It all depends on the diagnosis and management options available for the particular psychiatric conditions. In general, the approach should be to delay the use of medications until all other nonmedication options are exhausted.
There are few exceptions like having an emergency situation where delaying the use of medication can lead to self harm or harm to others, or there are few conditions like psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, manic phase etc., where conservative management can lead to worsening of condition, which in turn can harm the client or the people around them.
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