Children can experience difficulties in much the same way as adults, dealing with the pressures of school, exams, sexuality, developing relationships and family life. With our support, we can help children move forward with their lives and feel happier, more confident and more comfortable when communicating with their peers.
Our objective is to help children to identify the difficulties that they are experiencing, how this makes them feel and what they can do to change it, either themselves, or with the support of their friends and family.
Our clinicians will undertake detailed assessments and subsequent counselling sessions for children experiencing a wide range of difficulties. This support may take the form of Child Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Occupational Therapy, depending on the specific issue. However, all decisions regarding treatment options will be made with the full consent of both the child and caregivers.
In most instances, our initial assessments will dictate that we recommend children undertake a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These sessions will help them learn strategies that will enable them to cope in situations which trigger anxiety and overcome their difficulties.
Alternatively, we may conclude that the specific difficulty they are experiences may benefit from additional Psychological, Clinical or Occupational Therapy. Should this be the case, we will discuss our suggestions with the child’s parent/guardian and will not commence any therapy until they are comfortable with the decision.
Whichever therapy we provide, there is no doubt that it can be very helpful for children to talk to a professional who they do not know, allowing them to be more open and honest about their thoughts and feelings.