Child Counselling

25% of our counselling clients are 17 years or younger. Child Counselling offers children a safe and trusting environment to explore strong feelings such as fear, sadness, hurt, anger, anxiety or confusion.

Child Counselling assists children with their feelings and how they understand their world.

Teenage clients for bullying in schools and the internet have sadly increased, often the effect of which is self-harm or suicidal ideation. The youth we work with are offered safer ways to deal with their pain and are supported through the process.

How counselling for children works:

1- Initial contact with the parent or caregiver is made to discuss the need of the child/children.

2- The child is matched with suitable counsellor (open to change if desired)

3- First session is booked

4- Progress may take a few sessions or it may take longer depending on the situation. We are available for contact or follow up at your request (lets keep the conversation going)

In a session:

Through observation, dialogue and play we help children adjust and manage better.

Sometimes patterns that are interfering with healthy development are identified. If there are things we notice that might hint at an underlying issue we may recommend a referral.

Children use play as well as language to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Through this communication children learn new skills and strategies to better enable them to cope.

The therapeutic work takes place in a playroom well equipped for this purpose.

Child therapy aims to develop the child’s capacity for growth by establishing more useful ways of coping.

Children learn at a fast rate, if you think there is a need for therapy, now could be the best time.

Child therapy can help children with:

  • developmental delay due to social and emotional factors
  • the effects of physical differences
  • effects of physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • child-parent problems
  • attachment problems
  • mental health problems
  • problems of aggression and violence
  • family dysfunction
  • childhood depression
  • emotional/social skill deficits
  • suicide threats and attempts
  • environmental pressures
  • withdrawal and neurosis
  • self image
  • psychosis
  • identity
  • children with chronic illness and dying children
  • aspects of spirituality
  • enuresis and encopresis
  • adjustment problems
  • effects of trauma
  • effects of loss and grief

“Our mission is to provide services that help families along life’s journey. Our values of integrity, teamwork, innovation and compassion guide our actions and decisions.”