As a parent or guardian, you'll definitely be concerned when something seems off with your child's emotions or behavior. While seeking out a therapist may be the best decision for your child, it can also make you feel like you've failed in some way.
Thankfully, child play therapy provides an alternative approach to traditional talk therapy. Through play, children can express themselves and work through emotional difficulties in a natural and enjoyable way.
A recent survey conducted by the Census Bureau indicated that 60% of LGBTQ+ participants between the ages of 18 - 29 show symptoms of anxiety and 50% show symptoms of depression - significantly higher than non-LGBTQ+ participants in the same age group. When mental health disorders go untreated, they will continue to get worse and can manifest themselves in poor professional and personal relationships and unhealthy life choices. In previous generations, queer behavior was sometimes considered a mental disorder in and of itself, which led many people in the community to avoid therapy.
Making the decision to have therapy to deal with past trauma and current difficulties is just the first step in your recovery process. You also have to choose the most appropriate type of therapy for your needs.
While traditional talk therapy works for many people, others get more benefits from different therapeutic techniques. For example, some people find that eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy works well for them.