Counselling Children

Working with children requires a unique skill set and differs greatly from working with adults. Counselling sessions with children may involve a combination of play therapy, sand tray work and a modified version of talking therapies. Play is the developmentally appropriate way to engage young children. It allows children to express thoughts and emotions in a safe way, and gives us valuable insights into the child’s world. Therapy or counselling for children should be engaging and interactive.

Children may come to see a psychologist for separation or social anxiety, feeling sad or to manage changes such as family separation or changing schools. It is also common for children to need some extra support after a traumatic event such as a car accident or house fire.

We also see children who may be displaying difficulties managing their behavior or emotions and work collaboratively with parents to help children develop skills to manage their strong emotions and make helpful choices at home and school.