Positive psychology is a relatively new perspective in psychology, which shifts there focus from treating suffering and disorder to that of endorsing health and happiness. Positive Psychology Interventions (PPIs) are activities that promote positive thoughts, feelings and behaviours, which in turn enhance well being.
Play therapy involves the use of toys, dolls, blocks, sand, puppets, drawings and games to help recognise and verbalise the child’s feelings. Through a combination of talk and play, the therapist is able to better understand the child’s problems, and the child is able to better understand their conflicts, feelings and behaviours.
Mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that incorporates the use of meditative practices to promote present moment awareness of thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. Research has shown this to be a very effective treatment in the promotion of children’s well being and reduction of symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic treatment that helps the child understand how their thoughts and feelings are influencing the way he or she behaves.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a brief treatment approach, originally designed for depression, which focuses specifically on how a child’s interpersonal relationships may be influencing their child’s emotional state.
Family Therapy includes helping the family function in a more positive and constructive way by providing support and education, and exploring patterns of communication.