Tyler Martawibawa

Does My Child Need to See a Therapist?

November 5, 2019 By

Trying to find a therapist for your child can be a scary experience.

It can seem like there are a lot of different titles and everyone has a different set of letters after their name; it’s like a secret code that only you don’t know! What’s the difference between a counselor and a therapist? What about a psychiatrist and a psychologist? And what in the world is a “play therapist?” If you’ve asked any or even all of these questions, you’re not alone. Hopefully, some of our other blog posts can help provide some clarity.

First of all, therapy isn’t something you need just because you have problems.

It’s true that therapy or counseling can be helpful when you’re in dire need of some advice or having some muscles stretched, but it’s for anyone at anytime. For example, why do people who aren’t sick get vaccinations or body-builders continue going to the gym? It’s not about only seeking help when you need it, but keeping yourself in a condition that promotes a life you want. That said, therapy can definitely help with any challenges and struggles you’ve been having.

At Upswing Counseling, we provide services for kids of all ages that are designed with them in mind. We work with not just your child, but your whole family to find solutions that work for you and restore harmony in your home. Ultimately, therapy isn’t just about freedom from something bad, but about freedom for something great.

Our hope is that as you meet with us, you and your child are able to relate in a way that opens doors to a deeper and greater bond. But let me warn you: therapy is not easy. Unfortunately, it isn’t a simple daycare program that produces healthy and happy kids, and we don’t have the magical answer to all of life’s problems. Therapy will challenge you, push you, stretch you, and even hurt you. But at the end of the day, you and your child will leave mentally, emotionally, and relationally buffer than ever.

So, do you want to see a therapist?

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Tyler Martawibawa

Tyler Martawibawa

Tyler Martawibawa M.A., ALMFT, a graduate of Wheaton College, provides family and teen counseling, along with play therapy for children at Upswing Counseling in Wheaton, Il––a division of Cherry Hill Counseling. He enjoys rebuilding child-parent relationships, and helping children in distress. Tyler's international experience (born in Singapore, time in Australia and Hong Kong before moving to the United States) has uniquely gifted him to care for people from many different backgrounds.

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