Individual Psychotherapy | Family Therapy | Group Therapy | Adherence | Pain Management | Procedural Preparation and Play Strategies
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.