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Child and family therapy
Emotional and mental health stress can have a big effect on the health of children and their families. Therapy, also called psychotherapy or counseling, can help a child and family learn:
- About their moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors.
- Good communication skills at home and at school.
- How to work out problems and try out new solutions in a safe space.
Counseling can help families deal with conflict, stress, and teach parenting skills. It can help families deal with trauma and behavior problems. Counseling helps families grow stronger together. It helps children grow into strong, healthy adults.
Find the right help
We are here to help. Our staff are trained to help you find the program, place, or person you need to help your child. Our staff who helps you find resources is called your access navigator team. There is no worry or question too big or too small. Call (414) 266-3339 or use our contact form.
- Browse our parent resources and teen resources.
- Connect with our access navigator team to help you find the resources you need.
Frequently asked questions about child and family therapy
What happens at the first visit?
A therapist will ask you and your child many questions. This helps them know how to best help your child. During this visit, tell the therapist as much as you can about your child’s and family history, stressors, strengths, and difficulties. Tell the therapist what has worked in the past, and what has not. You and your child may also fill out some questionnaires.
Much of what happens early in therapy is for the therapist and child to develop trust with each other. The child must feel safe, comfortable, and understood so they participate in the therapy activities that will help them get better.
What is a mental health treatment plan?
How long does therapy last?
What is the parent(s)/guardian(s) role in therapy?
What if there is a problem in between therapy visits?
In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.