What to expect from counselling for your child or teenager?

Parents are sometimes unsure whether their child would benefit from counselling. Most children will experience tough times when they are growing up and they are usually able to deal with these difficulties. Sometimes children need extra help.

Only one in six children and young people with mental health problems actually receive professional help. Most children and families suffer alone. The sooner that problems are identified and children are provided support, the better the outcome.

In the initial session, we will meet together - with you and your child, to gain an understanding of the difficulties that they are experiencing. The next session is usually spent with your child and then we will meet with you again to talk about how to move forward. Depending on your child's age, at each counselling session your child will spend time individually.

In counselling, children and teenagers express their thoughts and feelings through words, activities and play. However it's not all fun and games - play helps children to convey their feelings, builds emotional and social skills, and assist them to develop problem solving abilities. Sometimes there are tasks or activities for children to practise at home.

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