Short term, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the primary counseling approach used by therapists at the Center for Social Success to help children and adolescents achieve their individualized goals. The assumption underlying this form of talk therapy is that how we think determines how we feel and how we act. Educational strategies, discussion, and home work assignments are used to change the way children and teens think about themselves and how they make and implement choices to solve problems. For children too young, immature, or language impaired to benefit from talk therapy, play therapy techniques are used. See Play Therapy. For anxious children or teens who are very visually oriented or who are resistant to traditional talk therapy, biofeedback is another option.
Information is given to parents about conditions such as developmental delays, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, and depression to help them understand how to best manage the challenging behaviors characteristic of these conditions. Practical, effective strategies are offered as alternatives for parents to respond more successfully. Positive approaches to change behaviors are emphasized. An individual behavior plan is designed for each child and their family to help ensure success.
The Center for Social Success is very family-systems oriented. We believe the behavior of each family member has ripple effects on other members of the family. Negative behavior patterns can result and be difficult for those involved to recognize and change. We are committed to involving all family members in the therapy process, not just the “identified client”. We actively involve parents when the child is in individual or group therapy so they can better recognize and support change in the child. Sibling therapy is suggested if excessive conflict exists. Individual therapy is most appropriate for children and teens to address issues like anger, anxiety, and depression.