The aim of child psychotherapy is to help children and young people make sense of the feelings or thoughts they may be having. Whether they are sad, angry, painful or confusing feelings we want to help them understand and move past these behaviours.
A Therapeutic Approach
We find that seeing a counsellor usually has a beneficial effect on relationships and behaviours at home. By exploring their feelings and emotions children can become less preoccupied and better able to concentrate at things like school or work. This new-found freedom can lead to children making the most of opportunities early life has to offer.
Our child psychotherapists are trained to help children and young adults between 2 – 24 years old understand their feelings that they are not always able to speak out loud. This is done through play, drawings and talking about events and experiences in our specially designed child-friendly space at The Henry Centre.
When psychological or emotional difficulties have been going on for some time or having developed into more severe cases we recommend seeing a therapist. It can be difficult for young children when everybody around them is confused and nobody fully understands them, which is why sometimes trained specialists are in a better position to help.
Child Psychotherapy can help with a range of issues including:
- Behaviour difficulties
- Low self-esteem
- Post traumatic symptoms
Who’s It For?
Our specially trained psychotherapists work with individual children on a one to one basis. They may meet with families who have concerns or worries about their young children to young adults. We offer parent support sessions alongside child therapy to help with any issues parents may be going through. For children in care, support work will take place with foster carers and social workers.
Child Psychotherapy can sometimes be very effective and very quickly even with the most troubling symptoms. But we like to let everyone know upfront it is not just about getting rid of unwanted symptoms, we want to help the individuals we see make better use of future opportunities and relationships they have in life.
Why It’s Important
children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem which for many continues into adulthood.