The foundations of mental health are found in childhood and this belief underpins all child developmentally based psychotherapies. At the core of these therapeutic approaches, lies a belief that the signs of distress children and adolescents experience and exhibit are symptoms. These take many forms and parents, quite understandably, often view these as 'the problem which needs a solution’. Distressing symptoms can be very problematic, and affect all family members, treatment and guidance pays attention to the deeper underlying causes in addition to the symptoms.
Whilst Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) has become an increasingly popular choice of treatment, it is not an approach The Children’s Consultancy uses.
Understanding and nurturing mental health is an important task, and one, which all adults involved with Children and Adolescents are likely to come into contact with. Increasing demands upon services reflect this growing awareness and the importance of early intervention. Children rarely ‘grow out’ of difficulties, more frequently they ‘grow into’ them. Sometimes brief intervention and guidance is all that is required. Consulting a professional can help parents decide what action to take.