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Does Group Therapy Help Children?

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For men and women who have suffered from various mental health issues in their life, or been victims of sexual abuse or violence, group therapy has proven to be a very helpful aspect of treatment.  It can be a very empowering feeling in terms of being able to feel far more comfortable dealing with your particular issue.  Knowing that there are others who have been going through the exact same thing as you can help foster a connection that allows everyone to help encourage each other towards getting healed.  With the rise of known mental health and behavioral health cases throughout the United States, group therapy has proven its worth time and time again in the realm of mental illnesses.

What about when applied to children who are suffering from issues such as depression, eating disorders, unnatural fears or other mental health challenges? Group therapy can definitely be a useful tool depending on the age of the child, and on their particular temperament. There are naturally multiple types of personalities in the world, and growing up as a child means that there will be emotional challenges and periods of time where the world is a confusing and scary place.  Some will be more naturally inclined to be afraid to speak to an adult and open up about their issues and problems. Group therapy can help a child open up when they witness other children going through these same types of issues.

So let’s take a look at some of the pros of group therapy for children:

  • It can help your child develop feelings of confidence as well as giving them the opportunity to speak in a public setting. An increase in confidence can help with feelings of positively about their particular outlook.
  • It allows a mental health professional or group moderator to observe your child for key signs that are identifiable in the treatment of their particular issue.
  • Group therapy has been proven to be an excellent starting point for anyone who has reservations about starting mental health treatment, or who is unsure about opening up to a mental health professional in a one-on-one setting.

Again, the benefits of group therapy have been proven to work among all age groups; interacting with other people, or in this case children, definitely helps to improve the nature of their conditions.  It is very much a solid element of the overall mental health recovery process.

When it comes to children and their mental health care, it is critical that they receive as much care as quickly as possible. The average length of time from discovery to actual treatment generally ranges from 8 to 10 years; that is a very long amount of time allowing their particular conditions to continue growing without effective intervention. With 50 percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness beginning by the age of 14, there is a very real opportunity for parents to get a head start on the particular symptoms and issues that their child may be dealing with. Group therapy can be one of the easiest and most comfortable ways for many parents and their child to start with.

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