Child psychology Dusseldorf: The team of Vivare will support you

We at Vivare are your contact for child psychology in Düsseldorf. We support your child with a wide variety of therapy options. This varies depending on the age. About one fifth of all children and adolescents in Germany have mental health problems – and the trend is rising. There are many reasons for this. Children are in a constant state of upheaval during their growth phase and face numerous challenges. Whether the change from daycare to school, a move, exam stress or bullying: these challenges are not always easy to cope with, which can lead to psychological stress. These stresses can manifest themselves in sudden bad moods, sadness, or fits of anger. But these behaviors are just as much a part of normal development. Most of the time, mental stress goes away on its own or with the help of parents, but in some cases, mental abnormalities can develop into a mental illness that requires professional help. We are as Kinderpsychologe in Düsseldorf are there for you and your child and offer sustainable, problem- and solution-oriented assistance. The earlier the treatment starts, the better the chances of recovery.

Vivare - Your child psychologist in Düsseldorf and the surrounding area

Empathic psychotherapists

Children are very sensitive. If they are affected by psychological problems, they often close themselves off or react aggressively to attempts by parents to talk to them. Sometimes they also lack the ability to express their feelings and perceptions in such a way that they are understood by their parents or their environment. Our psychotherapists are highly trained in responding to your children and their problems in an empathetic and age-appropriate manner.

Involvement of the reference persons

Parents or other caregivers such as teachers are usually the first to notice conspicuous changes in behavior, since they are often directly affected by them. For mentally ill children, a stable environment that they perceive as protective and supportive is important, which is why we include caregivers in treatment.

Treatment by means of occupational therapy

Mental health problems are as varied as the children themselves. We aim to provide all children with lasting, sustainable and individualized solutions to their mental health problems. Occupational therapy allows us to approach children’s mental disorders with a variety of techniques and interventions.

Preparation for everyday life

With behavioral therapy we prepare children for everyday life. In the process, patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are harmful to the child are steered in a new direction. Through consistent practice and practice, new behaviors and actions are learned or relearned.

Child psychology Düsseldorf: Topics and focus at Vivare Health Center

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Düsseldorf

Adolescents between the ages of 0 and 21 who suffer from mental illness receive comprehensive treatment in our child and adolescent psychiatry unit and are gradually guided into a new life.

Occupational therapy adults

Adults suffering from mental problems can overcome the problems and regain independence in everyday life and work with the help of occupational therapy.

Adolescent Psychology Düsseldorf

Young people are particularly likely to suffer from mental illness. Young people from the age of 14 can make an appointment independently.

Pediatric occupational therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy addresses various mental health conditions as well as fine and gross motor skill impairments in children and adolescents.

Mental illness in children

The mental health of children and adolescents is the foundation for healthy and happy adulthood. Children can be affected by multiple problems at an early stage, which can affect their psychological and emotional development. For example, if age-appropriate developmental tasks cannot be solved, this can lead to internal conflicts that can manifest themselves in aggressive behavior or behavioral problems. If these problems cannot be solved alone and also not with the help of the parents, mental disorders such as adjustment difficulties, behavioral problems, obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety may develop. Psychological problems in childhood can have a negative impact on overall development if they are not treated at an early stage.

Causes of mental illness in children

Developmental disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, aggressive behavior: mental health problems can express themselves in a variety of behaviors. The type of mental abnormalities or illnesses that frequently occur depends primarily on the age and gender of the children. While toddlers under the age of four usually suffer from developmental disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, and aggressive, defiant behaviors are most common in elementary school children. To prevent mental problems from becoming a constant burden on the further life of the child and his or her social environment, behavioral problems should be treated professionally as early as possible.

However, it is often difficult for parents and caregivers to recognize whether children’s behavioral problems are a normal part of development or symptoms of a mental disorder. The child’s behaviors should be observed in any case of abnormalities.

Key warning signs include:

  • Difficulty concentrating,
  • Hyperactivity,
  • Sleep disorders and nightmares,
  • Developmental regressions such as bedwetting,
  • aggressive and violent behavior,
  • Anxiety,
  • Retreat,
  • Extreme weight loss or gain
  • Or self-injurious behavior.

If the behaviors are long-lasting or occur more frequently or interfere with other areas of life, professional support should be sought.

The causes of mental disorders are manifold. For example, biological factors such as genetics or physical stress, family conditions such as precarious financial circumstances, family disputes and violence, and stressful life experiences such as the death of an important caregiver or parental divorce can all affect children’s mental health.

In a conversation with the children and the parents we get to the bottom of the psychological problems. Based on the results, we create an individual treatment plan for the child. In it, both the goals and the methods are jointly determined in order to treat the child in the best possible way. The exact treatment depends on the type and severity of the mental disorder, as well as the child’s age level and developmental challenges.Difficult family dynamics increase the likelihood that children will develop a mental disorder. Children are thus highly dependent on being surrounded by empathic, loving, and stable caregivers who provide a supportive social environment. But affected caregivers often suffer themselves when children suffer from mental illness. Therefore, at Kinderpsychologie Düsseldorf we also offer counseling for parents and caregivers and involve them in the treatment of the children. Within the therapeutic framework, children should experience that their feelings and emotions are seen and perceived. If parents respond with adequate behaviors, conflicts can be uncovered and defused, resulting in relief for the child and parents. If these behaviors and parenting techniques are continued at home when recurring problems arise, progress can be made in coping there as well, and the relationship with the child can be strengthened.

Forms of therapy for children and health insurance

Behavioral Therapy

Mental illness in childhood can put a strain on family life, the school situation or even social contacts. The earlier the problems are addressed, the more favorable the prognosis and chances of recovery usually are. Behavioral therapy uses scientifically recognized methods to find targeted and problem-specific solutions. It serves to bring about self-efficacy and self-determined change processes. For younger children, behavior therapy tends to be more experiential rather than cognitive, including elements of play therapy. In doing so, we address the following problem areas, among others:

  • Anxieties (social anxiety, performance anxiety, etc.)
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • aggressive, oppositional or dissocial behavior
  • Phobias
  • Sleep disorders
  • self-injurious behavior
  • Tics
  • Wetting up/defecation

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Diagnosis of dyslexia:

Does your child often make up excuses to avoid going to school and fall behind in performance? The reasons for such school refusal can be manifold. On the one hand, school anxiety can be a sign of a psychological disorder, on the other hand, it can be a personal weakness that is depressing the child. We conduct test psychology assessments to determine if your child is suffering from partial performance. These include reading and spelling difficulties (LRS) or dyslexia, and dyscalculia or dyscalculia. The testing includes a check of the child’s cognitive aptitude as well as the abilities in the partial performance areas of reading/writing and arithmetic. The aim is usually a more targeted support of individual weaknesses (e.g. in the context of learning therapy) as well as the possibility for the school to effect a so-called “disadvantage compensation”. These compensations may include more time for exams, assistive devices such as headphones or a single desk in the classroom, etc.

Cost of therapy:

Psychotherapy is a service that is covered by statutory health insurance. However, only the costs of recognized therapy procedures are reimbursed. These include behavioral therapy, depth psychology-based and analytical psychotherapy, and systemic therapy. If you and your child are legally insured, you can book four probationary sessions at Vivare Health Center. Within these sessions, it will be determined if your child is suffering from a mental illness, which can be treated with the help of behavioral therapy. At the same time, you and your child can assess whether you feel comfortable and whether a trusting basis can be created. If you have a mental illness and would like to start therapy with us, you can submit an application to the health insurance company. If approved, your child is entitled to 60 therapy sessions.

Vivare Health Center

Because we care about the well-being of children

Children with psychological stress often react with withdrawal or aggression when parents try to approach child independently. The reasons for this can be manifold: Mostly they feel pushed, patronized or neglected. Vivare Health Center is a protected and appreciative space – our empathic therapists gently approach your children’s mental health issues. The focus is on restoring psychological and family balance. Both children and caregivers should be helped to cope with the child’s psychological problems with the help of behavioral therapy.

We take care of:

  • Coping with psychological problems and improvement of family life
  • Treatment steps take place in consultation with children and parents
  • Coaching for caregivers

Questions and answers about child psychology in Düsseldorf

What is child psychology and what does a child psychologist do?

Child psychology is concerned with the mental health of children. If a child suffers from mental disorders, a child psychologist may be consulted. A child psychologist is a psychological psychotherapist. The therapists have completed a psychology degree as well as a 3-year training as a psychotherapist, which ends with a state license to practice. Subsequently, psychotherapeutic procedures such as behavioral therapy can be performed to treat psychological problems. The treatment provided by psychological psychotherapists is scientifically based and aims to bring about lasting and targeted change in the children. At Vivare Health Center, we focus treatment on occupational therapy and behavioral therapy to achieve this change.

What distinguishes the treatment of children from the treatment of adults?

Children need different forms of treatment than adolescents and adults – even if the children are affected by the same clinical picture. Therefore, at Vivare Health Center, we have different treatment specialties that focus on children, adolescents and adults. Although all treatments are based on behavioral and occupational therapy, the therapeutic services offered by Kinderpsychologie Düsseldorf are especially tailored to young patients. Thus, behavioral therapy for young children is experiential and play-based. The treatment concept is always created individually and age-appropriate and is oriented to the needs of the children. The children and parents are always involved in the preparation of the treatment plan and in the further processes. The goal of treatment is to help children cope with mental disorders, enable healthy and satisfying development, and prevent psychological distress in adulthood.

What exactly is occupational therapy?

Functions or abilities may not be sufficiently developed due to a variety of causes. In children, for example, this manifests itself in developmental disorders or behaviors that are not age-appropriate or socially appropriate. In this context, occupational therapy aims to help people regain or relearn a lost or unprecedented ability to act. Depending on the disease, this is done through targeted movement or training of the human system. Occupational therapists use a variety of methods such as handicraft or creative techniques, brain performance training, relaxation techniques, individual and group discussions, social skills training or mindfulness and perception training. Together with behavioral therapy, problematic behaviors, thought patterns and attitudes are thus uncovered and steered in a new, positive direction. In children, occupational therapy thus helps to enable age-appropriate independence and ability to act in everyday life.

How can children's mental health be protected?

According to studies, children and adolescents are particularly susceptible to mental illness. However, the development of mental illness is very complex and cannot be attributed to individual factors. Rather, numerous aspects play together. These include genetic factors. the living environment and the experiences that children have. These factors can have both a positive and a negative influence. How stresses are dealt with ultimately depends on the individual child. Often the stresses subside on their own or with the help of parents; in other cases, the stress can develop into a mental illness that requires professional help. Due to the complexity, it is not possible to make a blanket statement on health protection. In general, however, children who grow up in a stable, loving, and supportive family environment and have positive peer relationships are less likely to suffer from mental illness. Parents can seek help when problems arise to strengthen the relationship between them and the child and prevent the development of mental illness. This includes, for example, parent coaching from the Vivare Health Center. We will be happy to advise you free of charge on all our other therapy options.

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