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Psychotherapy provides the child with an opportunity to discuss his or her concerns and feelings about dealing with the illness or disability (Shaw and DeMaso 2006). While Wright (1960) emphasized the role of the self-system and altering inappropriate values in counseling with individuals with chronic illness, more recently, a bereavement model has been found to be useful in conceptualizing the process of adaptation to a physical illness as well as guiding treatment (Shaw and DeMaso 2006). The child's emotional responses to a physical illness or disability may be viewed as a process beginning with shock and denial and moving toward an assimilation of illness information and adjustment (Shaw and DeMaso 2006). There are several models of individual psychotherapies used with physically ill children.

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