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Child & Adolescent Counselling

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Children's Counselling (ages 4-12)

Children's counselling can be for any number of reasons or issues. These could be due to trauma, bullying, problems with processing emotion or issues connecting with friends or parents. Children can also have a hard time dealing with changes whether those are at home (maybe divorce, moving house or new siblings) or at school (changing grades or moving school).

Counselling for children can be proactive and educational whereby I can teach your child about emotional resilience or behavioural interaction skills in a developmentally appropriate way.

I regularly work with children going through behavioural issues (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) such as ASD management, emotional regulation,  outbursts, and post trauma responses. 

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Resilience Therapy

Learning emotional resilience at an early age is a proactive counselling measure that can help children deal and manage the impacts of change well into the child's life.

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This is how children learn to express comfort or discomfort in their formative years. This therapy is about creating a psychologically safe space so the child can openly communicate and process discomfort instead of becoming avoidant.

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Expressive Therapies (Play Therapy)

Children's' brains are wired differently, they process emotions in an experiential way. Expressive therapies like play therapy help children process emotion and events through play or stories.

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Adolescent, Youth & Teen Counselling (ages 12+)

Adolescents are at a key developmental age where they have issues with identity, the future or emotional maturity. With the perceived pressure at this age parents may notice that your teen pulls away or becomes less communicative. They might be having trouble at school, being bullied, not able to make friends easily or just feeling a little lost which are all common situations I see in therapy sessions.

Counselling at this age requires communicating in a developmentally appropriate manner which often can be through games or creative approaches.

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This therapeutic approach is about helping the child explore their thinking around the issues they're having to assist in extracting the solutions they already have. This approach is about guiding decision making without giving 'advice'.

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Through systems-based therapy I explore the patterns occurring in the young person's life. I help them become more self-aware of these automatic behaviours and then explore the disparity between their current state of processing or management and their desired state.

Watch this video to learn more about my approach to child and adolescent counselling.

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