Child and Teenage Counselling is one of the services we offer at The Psych Professionals. Our qualified, trained and professional psychologists have experience counselling younger people for a variety of issues, including:
- ADD and ADHD
- abuse (including sexual abuse).
As a parent you may be hesitant to send your child or teenager to counselling, but remember that many other young people have benefitted greatly from speaking to a psychologist. Regardless of the challenges faced by your child, counselling will help them to move through whatever issues are currently plaguing them, as well as teach them skills and strategies to cope with any current and future problems. Many children and teenagers who have received counselling have gone on to live much happier and healthier lives.
At The Psych Professionals we also have support programs for parents of children or teenagers in counselling, such as the Triple P program (Positive Parenting Program) and 1-2-3 Magic.
Counselling for Children
Counselling a child can be a delicate process. For it to be effective, the counsellor must first establish a relationship with the child and gain their trust. They must also employ communication techniques that are age-appropriate and authentic.
Contact The Psych Professionals to find out more about counselling for children.
Counselling for Teenagers
Teenagers go through a lot of physical and emotional growth over a number of years, and sometimes the transition to adulthood is not a smooth one. Many parents wonder if their teenager is simply going through the usual set of difficulties faced by kids of that age, or whether there are larger, more serious problems at play—and it’s important to be able to tell the difference.
Signs a Teenager may need Counselling
The best way to work out if your teenager needs counselling is to talk to them. Sit them down and have an adult-to-adult conversation: let them know that you care about them and are there to listen.
If your teenager is not willing to discuss things with you, keep an eye out for changes in their behaviour—without, of course, making them feel like they are being watched or monitored. In particular, pay close attention to:
- physical changes—seeming lethargic, not wanting to get out of bed, etc.
- emotional changes—not wanting to talk to anyone about how they feel
- social changes—losing interest in spending time with regular friends, wanting to be alone, etc.
- performance at school—performing poorly at school and not doing homework
- attitude to family—not wanting to spend time with family members they were previously fine with.
Contact The Psych Professionals
If you are worried about your child or teenager contact The Psych Professionals to discuss counselling.