When Are Therapeutic Interventions Recommended?

When should you consider therapeutic interventions? This question haunts many people for the simple fact that intervention services aren’t generally covered by health insurance plans. Therefore, the question is not only a matter of, “Will this work?” But it is also a question of, “Can we afford this not to work?” Since counseling is so contingent upon the intervention specialist-patient relationship, it sometimes takes a few different specialists to yield results.

Today, therapeutic interventions are used in all sorts of cases, such as for misbehaving toddlers, abused children, adolescents with behavioral disorders, elderly patients with degenerative diseases and people suffering middle-aged obesity. The end goal of intervention programs is to inspire people to make the necessary changes to take control of their own lives again.

Treating mental/emotional disorders is one common use for a therapeutic intervention. In some cases, a brief intervention of 20 meetings will be enough to get someone out of their funk. Other times, those suffering from chronic patterns of behavior will require ongoing therapy. During the meetings, patients will undergo relaxation training/stress management, couples/family counseling, individual cognitive and behavioral therapy, biofeedback training and work group/education assistance.

Whether a person suffers from ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety or depression, a therapeutic intervention can provide the groundwork for change. Homework assignments encourage clients to apply the lessons they’ve learned in therapy.

Sometimes, young children require therapeutic interventions. Perhaps the child has extremely emotional mood swings, behavioral outbursts of extreme anger in school, chronic truancy, antisocial behavior/difficulty making friends, patterns of excessive risk taking that endangers his or her life, chronic listlessness or depression. Research suggests that even preschoolers can benefit from certain types of behavioral intervention.

For children as young as three years old, the early childhood intervention program usually centers on play therapy. By encouraging storytelling, painting, drama creation, using puppets and other free-expression activities, therapists can uncover the root of the child’s trouble and help them express themselves in a healthy, creative manner.

Researchers say the younger the child at the time of the therapeutic intervention, the better! Long-term therapy has shown to have an impact on the biology of the brain, influencing the amount and type of neurotransmitters released.

In some cases, developmental disorders are treated with therapeutic interventions. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy are common intervention techniques for these patients.

Children, teens or adults with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Prematurity, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Developmental Delay, Spina Bifida, Failure to Thrive, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Meningitis, Genetic Disorders and Craniofacial Anomalies may all benefit from the interpersonal support offered by an intervention specialist.