Psychotherapy programs offer the exploration of moods, feelings, thought patterns, and choices. Clients build adaptive relationships, broaden perspectives, and make different choices through processing with trained and trusted mental health providers. HillsidesCares offers a range of mental health programs for children, adolescents, and their families, including individual therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma-informed care, and group therapy. We also know what works for one person may differ for another; because each client is unique, our adolescent psychotherapy programs cater to your child’s specific needs.
Researching mental health programs in California can feel daunting and intimidating, and the decision to try psychotherapy feels like stepping into the unknown. At HillsidesCares, we can help. Learn more about what type of mental health programs can benefit your child.
A Range of Psychotherapy Programs for Your Child
Psychotherapy has proven effective for mental health disorders and co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health disorders). At HillsideCares, evidence-based and proven results always guide the selection process. The main categories of psychotherapy include:
- Individual psychotherapy – Sessions involve one-on-one interaction with a therapist and guide clients to uncover thoughts, feelings, motivations, and reasoning. Individual psychotherapy involves a heightened understanding of cause and effect and movement toward more adaptive choices.
- Group therapy – This methodology involves a therapist and a group of individuals with common challenges or similar goals. Peer support develops stronger relationships, a safe space for new behaviors, and new coping skills as adolescents benefit from collective interaction key to the teen years.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – A popular, results-focused methodology, CBT hinges on the recognition of unhealthy thoughts and behavior patterns and the ability to make adaptive choices to effect different results.
- Trauma-informed therapy – By identifying and acknowledging the presence and symptoms of trauma, therapists work with clients to move through stages of healing.
Above all, no matter the methodology, a strong relationship between therapist and client is crucial for building trust and going deep. Further, strengthening relationships in a therapeutic setting helps clients deepen other interpersonal relationships.
How to Maximize Mental Health Therapy
Like all things worth doing, improvement takes time and effort. When embarking on mental health therapy, commitment to the process is crucial. Acknowledging when things aren’t working and asking for help are courageous first steps, but sticking with the process is imperative once a person begins psychotherapy.
When pursuing a psychotherapy program, things may feel new, scary, and overwhelming. Uncovering feelings and sharing trauma isn’t easy. As our HillsidesCares therapists know, allowing for adjustment and discomfort is part of the process. While navigating the ups and downs of healing, your child will learn how to maximize the mental health therapy process. Things to keep in mind:
- Expect active listening, not advice – A therapist is there to absorb, observe, and guide your child to self-knowledge.
- Working toward specific goals – Determine key outcomes for your child instead of tackling everything at once.
- Committing to vulnerability – Honesty is crucial to any client-therapist relationship; in moving toward healing, truth matters. The therapist’s office is a safe space to reveal thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Above all, remember that what your child is doing is hard. Please remind your child to be patient and kind to themselves, knowing they’re putting in the sweat equity toward building a new way of moving through the world.
Discover Psychotherapy Programs for your Child at HillsideCares
Through HillsidesCares’s mental health programs in California, we feature a range of psychotherapies for children and adolescents and treat myriad co-occurring and mental health disorders, including but not limited to:
- Anxiety treatment
- Childhood trauma
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Dissociative disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Social anxiety
- Bipolar disorder
- Dual diagnosis
In customizing a mental health program, our trained therapists draw from multiple methodologies toward what most resonates. Together, we’ll do the work. HillsidesCares helps your child heal, grow, and change with psychotherapy programs tailored to their unique needs. Call HillsidesCares at 323.641.4842 to get started.