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CBT for Children and Adolescents: Strategies and Benefits

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT as it’s often called, is a versatile form of talk therapy that can be applied in a wide range of situations. It’s a clinically supported approach to helping people improve their mood, break negative thought patterns, and make positive behavioral changes. While many adults have experienced this approach to therapy, they don’t necessarily think it will work well for young people. Children and adolescents often need a unique approach when it comes to therapy. However, the versatility of CBT means that therapists are able to adjust this approach to meet the needs of some of their youngest clients. In this blog, you can learn more about the benefits of CBT for children.

What Is CBT?

CBT is a common form of talk therapy that was developed to help people change negative thoughts and behaviors and cope with unhelpful emotions. It works by helping people develop an understanding of the way tough emotions, negative thought cycles, and behavioral issues are related. By changing one aspect, you can positively affect all three. It is a short-term, goal-oriented form of therapy that is all about improving overall satisfaction.

How Does CBT Work for Young People?

In most cases, you’ll start CBT for children and adolescents at The Center for CBT in New York City with a quick phone conversation with a therapist to ensure they are good fit before moving on with a full intake visit. The parents and/or child may be scheduled for the initial phone conversation and intake session. During the intake session, your therapist will answer any question you or child have. They will also have a series of questions to ask you about goals and concerns. From there, you’ll work together to develop a plan to address concerns at ongoing therapy sessions. As a short-term therapy approach, CBT therapy may be completed within as few as ten visits, but many young people will visit with their therapist for longer. It all depends on the specific situation, the child’s receptiveness and level of understanding, and other variables.

What Are the Benefits of CBT for Adolescents & Children?

There are numerous benefits of CBT for adolescents and children, including:

  • Diminish negative thinking.
  • Learn coping skills for unhelpful emotions.
  • Discover how to navigate difficult situations.
  • Curb unhelpful behaviors.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Develop and maintain friendships.
  • Understand what their emotions mean and how to process them.

Can I Schedule a Session?

If you’re interested in learning more about CBT or other forms of therapy for children and adolescents, the therapists at The Center for CBT in New York City are here to answer your questions and help you better understand what you can expect from the experience. We welcome children and adolescents over the age of ten. While our practice mainly utilizes CBT methods, our therapists have a range of specializations and training to support your child’s goals. When you’re ready to get started, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our caring team over the phone at (917) 596-8955 or by filling our out scheduling form online.

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What Should I Do Next?

When you’re ready to begin therapy, we hope you’ll consider contacting The Center for CBT in New York City. We offer a safe space where you are free to be who you really are and express yourself and your values authentically. We embrace, value, and welcome people of all sexual orientations, genders, and racial identities. The Center for CBT in New York City makes beginning your therapy journey simple. You can get started any time by completing our online consultation request form. One of our team members will be in touch within 24 business hours to answer your questions.

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