Child and Adolescent Counselling in Exeter and Torbay

Feel supported with their problems

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
  • Bereavement
  • Addictions or disorders
  • Education issues

Does your child or adolescent need counselling?

A child’s early and teenage years can be difficult for them and their parents. Alongside the normal growing pains, mood swings, and hormonal changes, it can be difficult to tell whether or not they’re struggling in any specific area.

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

Being a child or teenager growing up in today’s modern world can be tough. But for some, it can be even tougher, with plenty of life challenges to overcome. But dedicated specialist support from our Devon Therapy Service’s DBS-checked counsellors can make it a lot easier.

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.

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