The emotional needs of children are similar to those of adults, but developmentally they are not yet fully able to communicate those needs to others. Thus, often adults see a child throwing a tantrum “for no good reason.” However, if the child had the emotional insight and vocabulary he or she might be able to ask for nurturance, comfort, or attention, etc. Traditional “talk therapy” is often not effective for younger children for this reason.
Compass Counseling & Psychology Services staff members who see clients under the age of 12 have extensive training in helping children recognize their emotional needs and find ways to get those needs met more appropriately. Therapy for children often looks like play because this is a child’s natural way of learning and exploring the world.