When we think of childhood most think it is meant to be a wonderful time where young people learn through play and are not impacted by the harsh realities of life.
However the true reality is that all children are faced with challenges which can make their childhood less than idyllic.
As parents we may worry about how our adult decisions and life as a whole are affecting our children.
HOW CHILDREN'S COUNSELLING CAN HELP YOUR CHILD
Wattleseed Centre WA provides a safe, age appropriate children's counselling service that allows young people to explore their worldview, identify their skills and strengths to respond to challenge in a positive way and better understand themselves.
Children are still learning verbal language so may find it hard to talk about their challenges.
We use Art and Play Therapy to support them to express their emotions and find their own strategies to feel confident again.
REASONS FOR CHILDREN'S COUNSELLING
Wattleseed Centre WA can help your child explore their experience with:
- Separation Anxiety
- Anger and Emotional Outbursts
- Parental Separation
- Blending Families
- Sadness and Loss
- Sexual Abuse (not currently under investigation)
- School Attendance
- Low Confidence with Peers
- Fighting with Siblings
STEPS IN CHILDREN'S COUNSELLING
The first step in engaging your child in counselling is for the parents to meet with the Counsellor without your child present. You know your child best and will therefore be asked for your hopes and concerns for your child as well as their strengths.
INITIAL CHILD SESSION
The second step is for the Counsellor to meet with your child. Most children quickly feel comfortable with the Counsellor and confident to go through to the Art Therapy room without their parent, however, some would like their parent to attend with them for the first 5 minutes. The Counsellor will guide a game that all can play before the parent is asked to wait in reception.
ONGOING CHILD COUNSELLLING
The child then continues individual counselling by themselves for as long as required. Sometimes children invite others to join their therapy sessions in order to communicate directly, with support, their experiences, hopes and concerns.
Your child is informed that the Counsellor would like to provide feedback to the parents after every 4th and final session. It is important to note that if there is any immediate concern for your child's safety and wellbeing Claire will let you know straight away. Feedback is generally given over the phone and is a FREE service.
It is important to note that you will be asked not to leave the centre as your child may choose to end counselling at any time during the session. Bring a coffee and a book. All sessions listed above go for 50 minutes at the most.