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Child and Youth Therapy

Get the Child and Youth Treatment You’re Looking For with a Professional Psychiatrist at Carolina Partners!

Child and youth therapy involves regularly scheduled therapy sessions between a child or youth and a mental health professional. The goal of this type of therapy is to help a child or youth understand why he or she is acting and thinking in ways that are troubling or dangerous to self or others. This awareness often allows an individual to have more control over his or her behaviors and to change these behaviors when possible.


Child and youth therapy may focus on an individual’s current or past problems, experiences, thoughts, feelings, or relationships. By talking with a trained, knowledgeable, and understanding professional, children and youth can often gradually understand more about themselves and the problems they are facing. Therapy is often used successfully to treat emotional, behavioral, and social problems in individuals with mood disorders, ADHD, depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses.

One benefit of working with a trained professional is that he or she will be able to read the non-verbal ways in which we often express ourselves. Trained child and youth therapists will often use techniques such as play therapy, sand tray therapy, and art therapy in order to take advantage of this non-verbal communication children so often use. If you’re considering child and youth therapy, please note that it can be important to speak with the child or youth about therapy ahead of the first session. This lets him or her know that he or she is not in trouble, that the emotions the child feels are valid and seen, that you as the adult are open to therapy and the results that may come, and that the child can expect an open and trustworthy place in which to speak with a professional.

Treatment Areas:

There are two traditional types of therapy for children and youth. One of these is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and is a treatment that focuses on the relationship between an child’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. A CBT therapist will try to explore the links between the thoughts and emotions that occur prior to disruptive behaviors. By establishing these connections, children often learn to identify and change inappropriate or negative thought patterns and, as a consequence, can address the associated behaviors.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is another form of psychotherapy that combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness. Research indicates that DBT is effective in treating patients who present varied symptoms and behaviors associated with spectrum mood disorders, including self-injury, as well as sexual abuse survivors and chemical dependency. DBT can also be very effective for chronic anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder and can be used well with teens and young adults going through big life transitions.

If you are looking for a recommendation for child and youth therapy, please consider Carolina Partners in Mental HealthCare, PLLC! Carolina Partners provides mental health care throughout North Carolina by offering psychiatric, psychological, and therapeutic services. Our compassion and quality of service helps us stand out from other providers in the area!

At Carolina Partners, our professional associates have experience dealing with virtually every mental health care issue. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach that assures every individual the absolute best treatment currently available. Areas we treat include, but are not limited to, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anger management, anxiety disorders, bipolar / mood disorders, cognitive disorder, dementia, depression, developmental disabilities, dissociative disorder, domestic / child abuse, eating disorders, family therapy, gambling, grief / loss, LGBTQ affirmative therapy, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD / trauma, personality disorders, postpartum depression, relationship conflict / divorce, schizophrenia, self-harm, sleep disorders, and substance use / abuse disorder.

If you think your child or youth would benefit from working with a licensed medical professional, please reach out to us at Carolina Partners at 919-929-9610. You can also search our specialists, and search for child and youth therapy in particular, here at our online portal. In general, we want to be your partners in living a successful and happy life. We provide not only top quality, compassionate mental health care in the areas of psychology, psychiatry, and counseling, but also provide extraordinary general wellness services. Carolina Partners firmly believes all people have a right to supportive, transformative and all-encompassing health care, the kind that strengthens individuals, families and communities.

If you are looking to begin your journey to better health with a certified psychiatrist, you can start by simply filling out this quick form on the right. At Carolina Partners, we want you to be well.

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