Interpersonal Therapy helps children with behavioral and emotional problems especially when they do not realize that their actions are wrong, even after they have been punished for them. When others cannot control many of their actions, they do not exactly get the full benefit of the disciplinary action that they have been given. Such problems usually result in a very upset parent, and very confused child.
It is important to decide whether your child works better with male or female therapist and ensure that your child is comfortable with the therapist they will be seeing as this is crucial to the success of the therapy.
Initially, the therapist your child sees will more than likely have the first few visits together as a family. However, after the initial few visits, they may just want a verbal update from the parent and then see the child alone. This is important for the child to be focused during the therapy sessions.
In each session the therapist will try different methods of helping your child, for example on how to deal with different emotions like anger, fear, sadness, frustration, or their emotions in general. After every appointment, your child will be expected to show these new skills and focus on them. These skills will gradually build on each other until they have complete behavioral or emotional control for themselves. At this point, the therapist will focus on maintaining these skills with your child. It is vital to be consistent with the appointments. Missing an appointment may cause your child to slip or regress slightly in their behaviors.