Child and Adolescent

“Once you are Real, you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.” ~ Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

“To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.” ~ Brené Brown

Child and adolescent counselling helps children or young people explore concerns that may be causing problems in their social, emotional, or cognitive development. Therapy is often geared towards adults, however child and adolescent therapy takes into account the age and developmental status of a younger client. Indeed, the therapeutic process gives them the opportunity to express difficult or confused feelings in a safe environment with clear boundaries.

Young people can experience several traumatic challenges, especially with today’s use of social media. For instance, the breakup of an important relationship, serious conflict within their family, their parent’s divorcing, a serious or life-threatening health problem, failing an important exam, unexpected pregnancy, a humiliating or deeply disappointing experience, being bullied at school and/or on social media, the death of a family member or friend, being victimized by a violent act, etc., can all cause psychological upset. Subsequently, seeking the advice and perspective of a counsellor can help them regain their certainty, rebuild their confidence, and set the stage for a happier, healthier future.

Child and Adolescent Issues

  • Fear of being separated from a parent.
  • Losing previously acquired skills, such as toilet training.
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Personal issues interfering with life, in particular sleep, eating habits, concentration, or relationships.
  • Engaging in compulsive behaviour.
  • Persistent worry.
  • Prolonged sadness, as well as feeling depressed, lethargic or apathetic.
  • Thought of suicide or wanting to harm themselves.
  • Changes in mood, specifically increased irritability, inappropriate mood swings, angry outbursts.
  • Unusual conduct, markedly bizarre, threatening, extreme or dangerous behaviour.
  • Indecisiveness or difficulties making decisions.
  • Aches and pains with no apparent cause.
  • Withdrawn.
  • Stressed.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Disordered eating.
  • Bullying.
  • Excessive use of sex.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Feeling alienated and alone.

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