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Is My Child Too Young for Therapy?

Therapy can be beneficial for children of different ages, even very young ones. At SafeSpace, clinicians work with children as young as 4 years old. For young children, there can be a variety of reasons why therapy may be the right choice.

Why Start Therapy Young?

Therapy can help children learn how to identify and manage their emotions in healthy ways. This is particularly beneficial for children who struggle with anger, anxiety, or other strong emotions. Along with emotional regulation, behavioral management is another facet that therapy may focus on. Therapy can address challenging behaviors in young children, providing parents and caregivers with effective strategies for managing behavior issues at home and in school. Addressing emotional or behavioral issues in early childhood can prevent them from becoming more serious later in life. Early intervention can set a child on a healthier developmental path.

For children who have difficulty expressing themselves, therapy can provide alternative ways to communicate their thoughts and feelings, such as through play or art with a skilled clinician. Along with improving communication skills, therapists can work with children on developing other essential social skills, such as empathy, sharing, and conflict resolution. This can help children build healthier relationships with peers and family members.

Therapy can also work to boost a child's self-esteem and confidence by providing a safe and supportive environment for self-expression and personal growth. Children can gain a better understanding of themselves and their unique strengths and challenges, fostering self-acceptance. Improved emotional well-being and coping skills can have a positive impact on a child's classroom behavior and family relationships.

What to Expect

When beginning therapy, the clinicians make sure your child feels safe and comfortable during every session. Parents are kept informed and are involved in their child’s treatment. At SafeSpace, play therapy and art therapy are utilized as a developmentally appropriate and effective therapeutic approach for addressing their emotional, social, and psychological needs.

Visit to read about each of our clinicians and their specialties. Call us at 630-551-8602 to talk to a staff member about next steps in scheduling a session here at SafeSpace.

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