We work collaboratively with children and their parents offering support and guidance through the challenges of childhood/adolescence and the changing life cycle.’
Child psychotherapy is an intervention used in the treatment of behavioural, emotional and psychological difficulties in children aged between three and twelve years. Each therapist has a unique approach to working with children, and may integrate several therapeutic methods to find which one works for the child. This may include a combination of Play/Art/Sand Therapy, Cognitive, Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy and Individual Psychotherapy.
The Goal of Child Therapy
Aside from the relief of symptoms, is to build self -esteem, improve emotional vocabulary, help improve communication, help improve relationships and stimulate self -awareness. We work collaboratively with children and their parents offering support and guidance through the challenges of childhood / adolescence and the changing life cycle. Examples of possible concerns are Parental separation, family bereavement, aggression, low self -esteem, sadness, school issues, bullying, eating disorders, fear/panic, acting out/behavioural concerns, withdrawal, trauma, feeling different and gender issues.
What will happen at the first appointment?
Some therapists invite parent(s) and the child in question at the first appointment, while others meet the parents on their own. We recommend meeting both parents together, in the case of separated families we can offer separate parent appointments if that is helpful. You will be asked to download and fill out a parental consent form to bring to the first session. The consent form can be downloaded below. Further appointments will be made and sessions are once a week on the same day, time and place. The duration of appointments will depend on the individual child’s presenting problem and its severity. It is recommended that closure of therapy is planned collaboratively between the therapist, parent(s) and child.