Counselling for children and adolescents
There can be many pressures on children as they grow up:
- friendships and bullying
- school work and exams
- family relationships, separations and changes
- the illness, loss or death of someone close
- the added problems caused by issues such as learning difficulties, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and other autistic spectrum disorders
All children need help with their problems and worries, and sometimes, no matter how well they get on with their parents, they may find it hard to confide in them.
When children are distressed, they often display difficult behaviour and poor academic achievement.
Counselling can help by:
- providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental setting in which children can express their worries
- giving children opportunities to express their feelings through play and creative media, as well as talk (depending on their age and preference)
- supporting children, teenagers and their families in finding solutions to their problems
- helping parents with effective ways to improve their relationships with their children with skills coaching