Children and adolescents often face a range of difficulties as they grow up. Often with the support of parents and other significant people in their lives they can overcome these difficulties. However, at times they may need additional support. If they are finding things particularly difficult, you may notice changes in their emotions or behaviours, or relationships at home, school or with friends. There may also be changes in their concentration and learning.
Through counselling with a skilled professional, children can be helped to talk about these difficulties, develop skills in coping and identify their strengths and resilience. One size does not fit all, therefore we will adapt our approach to fit each individual, for example with younger children we may use play, sand and art to help the child “talk”, teenagers may prefer talking therapy or combine this with art, clay/sand or narrative therapy. Working collaboratively with parents is an important part of this process.
Range of childhood and adolescent issues:
- Low mood and depression
- Low self-esteem and confidence
- Worry/anxiety/panic attacks
- Peer relationship difficulties including bullying
- Behaviour problems
- Family relationships including conflict in the home/separation issues
- Difficulties with school/school refusal