SUPPORT FOR YOUR CHILD
We all go through difficult patches, but sometimes things can reach a point where it becomes hard to deal with everyday life.
Adolescence can be a particularly challenging time as young people journey their way to independence and adulthood. As such a certain amount of fallout is normal and even important in helping to build resilience. However, if added pressures or difficult life events are added to the mix, this can deplete a child's or young person’s resilience to the point where they may need help.
Watching your child struggling or in distress can be incredibly hard and dealing with the fallout can feel very lonely at times. Help is out there but the trick is for your child to find the best fit for them.
PLAY BASED THERAPY & COUNSELLING
Two sources of support are play based therapy and counselling. Play based therapy is about helping children to express their experiences via their natural form of communication, play. Counselling is about sitting down with a trained professional and talking about or creatively exploring what’s going on for you. Both are effective forms of therapy because sharing can lessen the load and looking at our experiences can help us gain a better understanding of ourselves and our emotions. In turn, this can help to make things feel more manageable and take the heat out of our reactions.
If your child decides they would like to try therapy and you choose to come to Wealden Counselling Practice, the first session will be an opportunity for you and your child to meet with the therapist, to discuss what's brought your child to counselling and to hear about the therapist's way of working. Your child then needs to decide if counselling and this particular therapist is right for them.
If you and your child have decided to proceed, a contract is signed which spells out the practical aspects of the counselling sessions such as date and time. It will also cover important things such as confidentiality. However, if you or your child decide to go elsewhere, your therapist can help in exploring other options.
Privacy is important in order to build a safe space where clients can feel able to share what's going on for them. Therefore the therapist will tell your child that she doesn't talk about what they say or do in the sessions unless they tell her something that makes her worried for their safety or someone else’s. This means that she can’t talk about the sessions to you unless your child agrees.
If you or your child would like to discuss this further, contact details and an enquiry form can be found on the Contact Us page.