Counselling for children
Behaviour is a child’s attempt at communication.
Children often don’t have the language skills to communicate how or why they are feeling a certain way, so we often see it come out in their actions. Children may display anxiety, challenges with relationships at home or at school, aggression or self-doubt. As a parent, it is difficult to know how to support your child through these behaviours, and this is when counselling can be helpful.
Image and play are the language of children.
Developmentally, children learn, communicate and process their world through image and play from a very young age. Research has shown a strong connection between creative play and language, physical, cognitive, and social development. Because of this, I aim to create therapeutic relationships that feel safe and accepting for each child and integrate the use of art and play therapy into my sessions.
Working with children, usually also means working with parents. I aim to support both children and parents through the counselling process so your child leaves the therapy space and can be supported in the other contexts of their life.
Some of the reasons children have seen me for counselling:
Anxiety, fearfulness and stress management
Low self esteem and bullying
Anger and aggression
Family challenges and change
Grief and loss