What Is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a term that encompasses diverse methods of personal assistance given by a licensed psychologist or other licensed professional, such as an MFT (marriage & family therapist) or LCSW (social worker).
Behavioral therapy, and sometimes cognitive-behavioral therapy (for some older children and teenagers), are the methods that have been scientifically proven to be most effective with children and teens. Psychotherapy may address the following:
- Behavioral intervention
- Anger management
- Social skills training
- Skill enhancement for ADHD and learning disorders
- “Issues” & parenting consultation for parents
- Depression, anxiety, & other emotional problems
Because it is often a benefit paid for by insurance (and I do not bill insurance), I usually encourage parents to use their insurance benefit if psychotherapy is indicated. However, I routinely provide parental training in behavioral intervention so that they may become “therapists” in their own home.