Behavior Therapy & Counseling services at Magpie are offered exclusively by Mrs. Snehal Chhajed. She can be contacted directly for consultations on +91-96637-24243
Behavioral therapy is an umbrella term for types of therapy that treat behaviorally problems in children . This form of therapy seeks to identify and help change potentially self-destructive or unhealthy behaviors. It functions on the idea that all behaviors are learned and that unhealthy behaviors can be changed. The focus of treatment is often on current problems and how to change them.
There are a number of different types of behavioral therapy:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavior therapy is actually most often used in conjunction with behavioral therapy when used with children and most often is aimed at trying to break the circle of emotion – thought – behavior that is thought to cause most problem. Having the child focus on the thought and bringing that step in the cycle come more under his or her control can help him or her to see the fallacies in the thoughts and thus repair his or her behavior to the reality of the situation rather than continue in the avoidance behaviors that are inappropriate.
Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy
Cognitive behavioral play therapy is commonly used with children. By watching children play, therapists are able to gain insight into what a child is uncomfortable expressing or unable to express. Children may be able to choose their own toys and play freely. They might be asked to draw a picture or use toys to create scenes in a sandbox. Therapists may teach parents how to use play to improve communication with their children.
System desensitization relies heavily on classical conditioning. It’s often used to treat phobias and fears. Children are taught to replace a fear response to a phobia with relaxation responses.Children are first taught relaxation and breathing techniques. Once mastered, the therapist will slowly expose them to their fear in heightened doses while they practice these techniques.
Counseling for children depend on the child’s age, specific difficulties and their development. Different methods may be used to encourage young children to be able to express their difficulties, such as play and art. For example, reading stories and talking about feelings of a character in that story may help the child to discuss their own feelings, or drawing/painting/drama may help children to express themselves. These methods all give the counsellor a great insight into the unconscious mind of the child.
Parenting counseling is a type of service that aims to provide the necessary knowledge, tools, guidance, and most especially support to parents without bias or judgment. This way, they become more fully equipped to take care of their children. Parenting counseling offers modalities or therapies that help parents gain a better understanding of their parenting style, face and eventually conquer their personal issues, and even restore the family, bringing back harmony and peace in the household.