Therapy for skin conditions/eczema difficulties

A Psychologist or dermatologist may suggest psychological sessions to help your child's skin difficulties. This approach called Psychodermatology may be useful as it addresses both dermatological and psychological aspects of your child's skin diagnosis: indeed our skin reacts to emotional and environmental stressors as psychological states can influence physical states and vice versa: this means that stress can exacerbate skin difficulties.

Psychology sessions can help better understand the challenges faced by your child in school because of his skin condition.

Psychological therapy or the Psychodermatology approach canít always cure the underlying cause of eczema and skin conditions, but they can offer improvement in the management of these conditions by understanding and reducing psychological stressors.

Psychodermatology sessions can help with:

  • Acceptance of the diagnosis for skin conditions (i.e. eczema, psoriasis etc.)
  • Compliance with treatment (creams, medications)
  • Psychosocial issues (i.e. school teasing, bullying)
  • Improve quality of life
  • Impact on self esteem (poor body image, negative self perception)
  • Emotional well being (anger, sadness, frustration etc)
  • Impact of adolescence and adulthood

This approach can support existing skin conditions and help with new diagnosis and their effect on the personís well being, affect and coping with the diagnosis.