At Okay counselling, our qualified and caring counsellors provide counselling services for Children and Adolescents in Adelaide, South Australia. We are also available for phone and Skype sessions for those located interstate. If you are considering counselling for yourself or your child, please contact us via phone, or, feel welcome to get in touch through our contact form and we will call you back for a friendly chat to discuss your needs.
Before any counselling takes place, the relationship and repour between the child and the counsellor needs to be established. The therapies for engaging with children are unique for this specific client group. An example of a unique approach is play therapy. Play therapy has proven to work because it is a method that is the least intrusive and engages with the child through age appropriate activites. This is because play is a way for a child to communicate, without words. Through play therapy, a child will feel heard and understood, by the trained professional. Child appropriate therapies, such as play therapy, has been proven to assist children in tackling issues such as; parent separation, abuse, parenting issues, fears, engaging with their emotions, separation anxiety, setting boundaries, continence (e.g. bedwetting).
Counselling for adolescents isn’t for personality or behavioural issues that require therapy treatments, rather they are experiencing natural changes within themselves which can be scary. Adolescents experience rapid growth between the ages of 10 to 19 years old. These are both physical and mental changes. This collective of individuals are doing through an extremely sensitive time period in their lives and the counselling technique for this should support this. There can be group sessions for adolescents, which includes individual one-on-one sessions to ensure that they are finding the sessions valuable. They may choose to just have the one-on-one counselling sessions if they are uncomfortable with the idea of group sessions.
Ensuring that children and adolescents are in a safe environment while they are going through these crucial developmental stages is extremely important. If a child or adolescent is encountering extended periods of negative situations such as stress, neglect, risky behaviour, depression, this can alter the developmental process within the brain. While the child or adolescent may not be in immediate danger, it is beneficial for parents to ensure their child has confidential support networks for positive physical and mental development.
Okay counselling is dedicated to providing a unique and tailored service to all clients by using a variety of social work theories to enforce practical methods. For optimal customisation, only theories that can be adapted for the needs of each individual child and adolescent are utilized.
Okay counselling has extensive experience in working with children and adolescents and can provide the highest quality of care. The knowledge that our team has gained throughout years of study and personal experience ensures that we can counsel these developing individuals effectively.
With children and adolescents requiring such unique and tailored services, it is important to prioritize their concerns and involve their parent, or caregiver, in alleviating them. There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to counselling children or adolescents but engaging with them is essential for understanding the type of service they require.
For children, play therapy is a commonly used approach as it is beneficial for communicating, however, some children do not engage with this therapy and other methods are sourced. Similarly, engaging with adolescents also depends on their personality type and their willingness to discuss their concerns with others.
For both children and adolescents, counselling sessions are for managing thoughts or events that may be challenging and teaching them to replace negative thoughts with more positive ones. Children and Adolescent Counselling is not completed within a specific time period like some counselling services, rather, extended periods of time to guide the continuously developing individuals through new experiences and situations.
Okay Counselling can provide the support for children and adolescents, as well as the parents or caregivers. Having support systems in place for parents and caregivers can assist in understanding their child, which greatly benefits the child or adolescent.
If you are interested in learning more about our Children and Adolescent Counselling serivice, please get in touch with our friendly staff. We are are happy to ansr any questions you may have,
With children and adolescents continuously developing, it can be difficult to notice the signs that your child might be experiencing challenges that are negatively impacting them. Common symptoms are mood instability, social anxieties, fatigue, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, and being overly critical of themselves.
Counsellors who work with developing individuals by enabling and supporting them to become emotionally and mentally secure. Some counsellors specialise in specific areas such as; depression in childhood; behaviour/ learning difficulties (e.g. ADHD, Dyslexia); abuse, and more. Whilst others provide a holistic approach and will deal with a range or childhood issues.
Discuss counselling sessions for your child with your GP, and decide with your child, not for them, an appropriate counselling service that both of you feel comfortable with. If you get stuck, your GP may be able to help.
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