Counselling for Children

Counselling for Children

For as long as I can remember I have felt connected to the wondrous world of my inner  child, and throughout my life this connection has allowed me to engage with children in a playful and meaningful manner. I believe that many of our patterns of behaviour and our psychological and emotional wiring are formed at an early age.  Some of these patterns can be very helpful as we grow and mature, and others we later identify as hinderances in some way, and they become obstacles that we would like to better understand and patterns that we would like to change.

These patterns can begin to emerge in the early stages of a child’s development and may be identified by parents, caregivers, or children as barriers to optimal growth and living. At this point, it can often be helpful for children to speak with a professional who can help them feel better through playful, creative, and age appropriate activities that engage children and help them move past any issues they be having.

Children often experience difficulties adjusting to issues, such as the arrival of a new sibling, divorce, marriage of a parent, death of a family member, starting preschool or grade school, difficulties with their peers and teachers, and any number of other issues.

Sometimes, children experience more severe issues such as physical or sexual abuse and violence. All of these experiences can often be painful and confusing for children to endure, and can result in behaviours such as angry outbursts, frequent crying, change in behaviour, or change in sleeping and eating habits.

My goal is to create a safe and inviting environment in which children can experience their emotions and engage with them in ways that can lead to better mood, better interactions with others, and more successful adjustment to various environments.

ADOLESCENTS

Adolescence can be a confusing time for many. It is a period that involves many changes that can be hard for adolescents to make sense of and to navigate through.  This period is often characterized by an increased interest in social interactions with peers. Adolescents may experience some difficulties in these social groups and settings, and may also have some difficulties at home or in other environments. Seeking the help of a therapist can be beneficial to help adolescents better handle any stressful situations, and to help them work toward resolving any issues that they, or others have identified.

My role in this therapeutic relationship is to create a safe and nurturing environment for adolescents to explore and understand themselves, and to become better equipped to work through any issues they may be experiencing.

I have experience in the following areas:

  • Depression and low mood
  • Difficulties in School
  • Academic performance issues
  • Concentration and hyperactivity
  • Anger and aggressive outbursts
  • Dual diagnosis (developmental delay coupled with a mental health issue)
  • Adoption
  • Blended families
  • Bullying and being bullied
  • Family dynamics
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual trauma
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self-harm
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Illness in family

Please feel free to contact me if you have any  questions, or if you would like to set up an appointment.