Child counselling can help children resolve their issues
While it’s never easy to accept your child is having trouble, life can sometimes throw up difficult situations for them to navigate. Family issues, anxiety, bullying, upset, abuse, anger, low confidence, trauma, relationship problems or general unhappiness can be very distressing and worrying. It’s important to address these issues as early as possible to help prevent more serious concerns developing later.
Child counselling is an effective way of resolving your child’s problems, protecting their future and helping them move toward a happier place. The psychotherapy we offer is ‘enhanced’ with the latest developments in child psychology research and psychotherapy methods.
Is child counselling suitable for children of all ages?
Our child counselling is aimed at children of primary school age and under.
We will discuss with you who should be involved in the counselling. Initially, we meet together with you and your child. At other times, if appropriate, we may meet your child on their own and have a discussion with you later. It is our view that any child therapy that completely excludes the parents is unethical and unlikely to be helpful; therefore, we will always help your child communicate their worries, issues and solutions to you when they are ready to do so.
For older children, teenagers and young people, we have specialised therapy that is more suitable for this age group.
Therapy sessions can also be extremely helpful for parents and carers who are struggling to support and connect with their child, and to find new ways of understanding and interacting with them.
How experienced and qualified are the child counsellors?
Our child counsellors are very experienced, qualified, accredited with the UKCP and have all undergone CRB checks. Also, we do not use any volunteer, non-qualified or non-registered counsellors at our practice.
Child counselling is a very specialist area requiring the highest level of expertise. We know you would always want the best for your child and we aim to provide it, so contact us now to arrange an appointment.
What kind of child counselling is provided?
At our initial consultation, we will identify the kind of therapy your child may respond to best.
The therapies we offer:
- Child counselling
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Play therapy
- Life-story therapy
- Attachment therapy
- Family therapy
- Counselling for parents
- Combinations of the above.
How long do meetings last?
Meeting usually last up to 50-minutes or shorter depending on the age and capacity of the child.
What happens at the first meeting?
At the first appointment, if appropriate, we usually meet the child with their parent or carer present in order to gain an understanding of the issues and what needs to be addressed. We also address any worries about attending appointments held by the child and you. At the end of the initial meeting, we’ll explore possible next steps with you.
Where indicated, we offer children the option of meeting the counsellor for a short time without the parents or carers present.
Depending on the situation and your preference, parents can also arrange to meet with the counsellor for an initial consultation without the child present. This can also be arranged at other times during the counselling process.
What if my child is worried about the appointment?
It is very usual for both children and adults to feel some initial anxiety when coming to see us, especially when matters that might be upsetting or the source of worry are likely to be discussed.
To help ease any initial anxiety, we spend some time at each meeting helping everyone begin to feel more comfortable.
We suggest your child brings a favourite toy to the session, as it helps them feel more at ease in unfamiliar surroundings.
Allow us to reassure you that professional help is at hand. We offer services that aim to reduce the fear and uncertainty about getting help. Arrange an initial consultation ‘taster’ session to discuss your needs, in privacy and comfort, to obtain a sense of how we can help your child and for if this is the right direction for you.
And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
What our previous clients have said
I experienced severe trauma and developed a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which meant I wasn’t coping well with day to day life. With CBT Therapy at Possibilities, I’ve made a number of positive changes. It was a struggle at times but my psychotherapist helped me feel safe and capable as we worked through things. I’m now back at work and my confidence is growing. I have a life again. I’m so glad I took that scary first step and called. If you’re feeling unsure, I highly recommend you call them too.
– JT, Aberdeenshire: Trauma Counselling Aberdeen.
I thought my life wasn’t worth living. My depression convinced me I was worthless and useless and my situation was hopeless. If you’re feeling something similar, go to Possibilities. They made an enormous difference to my life and they can do the same for you.
– AD, Aberdeen: Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Depression.
My relationship with my partner has vastly improved. We’re more able to communicate and we’re spending more time together and having fun! I can’t believe we were on the verge of separating when we contacted Possibilities as a last resort. I can’t thank them enough.
– SMcM, Aberdeenshire: Couples Counselling Aberdeen.
Possibilities was outstanding. I’ve overcome my anxiety and have the tools to keep it at bay should I need them in the future.
– MK, Aberdeen: CBT Therapy for Anxiety.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.