Why You Should Have Group Therapy For Your Child
On a “typical” Friday in high school, there would be partying, games, fights and/or avoidance from classmates.
If you’re lucky, there’s someone like Rachel, who’s got her friends and teammates by her side. Together, they walk through life with ease and joy. But, when you turn on the TV, or find yourself scrolling through Facebook, you quickly realize that there are other kids on this planet who are coping with trauma.
They have friends, but not every friend is the friend you want to spend time with. They’re worried about their safety. They think that their “friends” don’t support them. They’re afraid of what others might think of them and their life. They’re confused about what’s going on in their life, and they don’t know what to do.
Rather than allow them to wither under pressure, you take them somewhere safe and quiet to cry it out.
This is “Group Therapy”, where you encourage kids to share their feelings. They’re not in pain, but rather they’re in distress. They aren’t alone, they’re not seeking help, they’re simply having trouble coping. All they’re looking for is someone to listen, feel, see, recognize, imagine, and convey to them that the comfort they seek will truly come from the safety of their community.
When you do this, they’re able to share things they’ve been too afraid to share with their families. These things are funny, they’re sad, and they’re frightening. But, they come to life in a safe and safe and safe zone.
There are also the children who have never dealt with trauma in their lives. They’re young children who haven’t been exposed to the experience in a positive or negative way, and so it is a tremendous struggle for them to cope with trauma. Groups help them realize that the worst thing that can happen is to lose their friends, and the worst thing is to put themselves in danger.
Lastly, there are those children who have experienced trauma for many years in their life. However, these children haven’t known trauma from a young age, so they’re having to learn how to cope in new and unique ways.
Typically, groups are held together for several hours, allowing for a more contained environment. But, you’re able to expand on the program as many times as needed to cope with what your child is going through.
As a parent, any tool that helps your child thrive in life, be it a group, or working through a goal, is a great thing. Children who are willing to share painful feelings in this safe space receive support and love.
So, what do you do if you need help for your child? Start the process right away by asking your doctor for a referral to a therapist. Put your child in a program where they feel welcomed, heard, and cared for.