After a psychological or psychodiagnostic assessment, it is important to pursue therapy with a therapist with whom the child/adolescent and the parent(s) feel comfortable.
Individual therapy at IFCEO has a variety of goals, including:
1) coaching and support during difficult times (e.g., family difficulties, school difficulties, bullying);
2) to better understand and manage various emotions and social skills (e.g., sadness, anger, stress, worry, low self-esteem, etc.)
3) to help and intervene for various problems, such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, academic difficulties, giftedness, oppositional disorders, trauma, and adjustment difficulties.
Therapeutic interventions at IFCEO are evidence-based and include cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical-behavioural therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. A systemic framework, emotion regulation training, and attachment-based conceptualization are implemented as needed in the clinical situation.
The goal of the therapy sessions with the child or adolescent allows for:
1) explore emotions and learn to manage them;
3) practise new skills such as breathing and relaxation techniques as well as reframing thoughts and doing gradual exposure;
4) practice problem-solving skills to achieve optimal family, social, and academic functioning.
The structure of the session varies depending on the age of the child or adolescent. The parent(s) may or may not accompany their child/adolescent and join them at the end of the sessions for information on how to support at home.
Change can take time and it usually takes a few sessions before the child or adolescent learns the strategies needed to see an improvement in symptoms/behaviours.
After a psychological or psychodiagnostic assessment, it is important to continue therapy with a therapist with whom the individual feels comfortable.
Individual therapy at IFCEO has different objectives, including:
1) accompaniment and support during difficult times (e.g., family difficulties, professional difficulties, etc.);
2) to better understand and manage various emotions or improve interpersonal relationships;
3) to help and intervene in various difficulties, such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, adjustment difficulties, grief, personality disorders, etc.
The therapeutic interventions at IFCEO use an integrative approach of different empirically validated approaches according to the problems presented. In addition, emotion regulation and an attachment-based conceptualization are implemented according to the needs of the clinical situation.
The objectives of an individual therapy will be established in a collaborative manner between the therapist and the individual. The assessment at the beginning of the sessions is therefore important in establishing the treatment plan.
Depending on the individual’s problems and needs, the goal of the therapy may differ. For example, the therapy could help the individual to:
1) better express emotions by teaching emotional management skills.
2) better assert themselves through interpersonal skills.
3) facilitate mourning through an experiential approach to emotions.
The therapy can also allow interventions concerning certain personality traits through a dialectical behavioral or interpersonal approach.