COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN & TEENS

When children and adolescents experience challenges or difficulties they may find it hard to regulate their emotions or communicate their thoughts and feelings. There may be changes in their behaviour, their relationships or their ability to manage their schooling.

 

At Amherst Psychology, we work with children and adolescents at their developmental level. We adopt a creative approach tailored to help each child better understand and manage their challenges, increase their self-esteem, build resilience and develop healthy coping strategies.  Often, with younger children we utilise a play based approach to therapy and for primary school aged children we generally include parents in counselling sessions.

 

For older children and adolescents, we use a range of evidence-based strategies drawn from approaches such as cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mentalisation based therapy, and mindfulness skills training.  The extent parents participation in an adolescent's therapy sessions is based on the individual needs of the young person and is discussed with parents and their child at the outset of therapy.

 

We can assist with a wide range of concerns including:

 

  • school avoidance or refusal

  • separation anxiety

  • sleep difficulties

  • persistent sadness or depression

  • chronic worry or anxiety

  • family relationship or friendship concerns

  • bullying

  • social communication 

  • grief and loss

  • adjustment to parents' separation

  • social anxiety

  • body image issues

  • perfectionism

In addition to counselling for children, we offer assessments to diagnose Specific Learning Disorders (eg: dyslexia). For adolescents we also offer diagnostic assessments for Autism. 

To arrange an appointment or find out more about how our practitioners can assist you and your child, please call us on 9456 0411 or you can get in touch with us by email here.