What is child and adolescent counselling and psychotherapy?
Children, adolescents, and teenagers today face a number of challenges, from real-life issues like study or exam pressure, eating disorders, or self-harming to the online issues of social media.
Effective child and adolescent counselling and psychotherapy can help children and young people explore the real issues, challenges, or concerns they’re facing in their young lives.
The counselling process aims to give children a safe, comfortable environment to talk about any problems or issues they find scary, confusing, or sad and why they feel like that. By using non-directive techniques, the child has complete freedom to express themselves, without fear or judgement, verbally, physically, or even creatively.
For adolescents and young people, therapy can give them support in a similar, non-directive way. But the focus might be on helping them deal with issues they face at an important stage in their lives, including:
- Peer pressure
- Social anxiety
- Issues concerning sex, health or relationships
- Worry, stress, or depression
- Low self-confidence
- Parental problems
- Addictions or disorders
- Education issues
Does your child or adolescent need counselling?
Open communication is key, but look for any signs or changes in their usual behaviour that might signal an underlying issue, including:
- Withdrawal from friends and isolation
- Sudden change of interests, behaviours, or habits
- Defensiveness when asked about any issues
- Excessive worry, stress, or anxiety
There can be a range of different reasons that might cause children and adolescents to suffer from mental health issues. While many can be more obvious, such as the effects of parental fighting or divorce, learning difficulties, or moving home or schools, others can be more subtle, such as bullying and online trolling or abuse.
The benefits of child and adolescent counselling
Counselling and psychotherapy for children and adolescents provides them with a safe space to have the confidence to open up about their worries or fears and express their feelings.
When a child goes through some form of counselling, parents can understand the root causes of any issues with behaviour, ensure they have access to the right support if needed, and improve their child’s overall happiness and wellbeing in their formative years.
But for any teenagers who seek counselling, the benefits give them a chance to have an open, honest, and confidential conversation where they can understand the causes of why they feel a certain way and learn coping strategies to manage their issues. And by overcoming any emotional barriers, pressures, or negative behaviours, they can improve relationships with their family or friends as well as their own mental health and wellbeing as they become young adults.
Child and adolescent counselling and psychotherapy
We can provide various techniques and tailored therapy sessions to help children and teens in Exeter or Torquay feel supported with their problems, helping them develop their self-esteem and self-worth to be the best version of themselves.
Our counselling and therapy sessions can cover:
Abuse counselling Addiction counsellingADHD counselling Anger Management counselling Anxiety counselling Autism counselling Bereavement counselling Child and adolescent counselling Depression counselling Eating Disorder counselling LGBTIQ+ counselling Low Self-Esteem counselling OCD counselling Personality Disorder counselling Panic attack counselling Phobia counselling PTSD counsellingRelationship counselling Self-Development counselling Stress counsellingStudent counsellingSuicidal Thoughts CounsellingTrauma counselling Work and Career counsellingCognitive Behaviour therapyCounsellingGestalt therapyLife coaching Mindfulness therapyNeuroLinguistic therapyPerson Centred therapy Psychotherapy Transactional Analysis (TA)DBTVideo and Telephone Therapy