Like adults, children may benefit from counselling for many reasons, however regular ‘talking therapies’ are often ineffective with children.
Young children communicate through play and adolescents don’t like to communicate much at all! Counselling for children is therefore tailored to fit a child’s personality, interests, age and stage of development. Many tools are used to help children to explore issues and to express themselves. These might include sand-play, drawing, puppetry, drama, story telling, therapeutic activities, games and play.
Child counselling, like adult counselling, is a confidential process however parents will be provided with regular feedback regarding the overall progress of their child, and may frequently be invited in to the last past of their child’s session.
Some of the issues that children may present to counselling for include:
- Behavioural Issues
- School related Issues
- Family issues
- Grief & Loss
- Building confidence and self esteem.