Counselling for Children Melbourne

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Whether a teenager or a small child, child counseling can be incredibly supportive for children and their families, when facing difficulties in their lives.

Perhaps you have noticed that your child experiences phobias, is highly anxious or struggles to go to sleep. May be you are worried that your child has difficulty with friendships, is disruptive in school or is possibly depressed.

Child counselling can help.

Child counseling provides an environment for the child to safely explore, express and resolve areas of distress in their lives.

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Who Can Benefit from Children’s Counselling?

Child counseling is appropriate for small children up to approximately 10 year olds. Regarded as specialists in children counseling in Melbourne, our child therapists regularly support children that are struggling with issues related to:

  • friends,
  • sepration anxiety,
  • school transition,
  • bullying,
  • illness,
  • blended families,
  • death,
  • learning difficulties,
  • mental illness,
  • separated families,
  • addiction in the family,
  • family financial stress,
  • and sadly abuse

In these situations, not knowing how to make sense of what is happening in their worlds, young children can become highly distressed, often feeling like they are at fault. Even though teens are more able to understand these sorts of events, they too can become overwhelmed with conflicting emotions, and feel responsible. In addition, for teens, common reasons for seeking counselling can be around bullying, peer pressure and feeling like they fail to fit in, which can lead to depression or even thoughts of suicide.

 

If you Notice:

  • a dramatic shift in levels of emotional distress (heightened or flat)
  • change in sleeping (disturbed or significantly increased)
  • an unexplained difference in eating patterns
  • heightened levels of anxiety or anger
  • disengagement from the world (friends, interests or schoolwork)

Shifts in behavior can be suggestive that your child is struggling, and we encourage you to be proactive in seeking child counselling treatment and support.

No matter the reason, that you are seeking support, child counselling treatment can help.
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Child Counselling at The Grove

The world has become a much more confusing and scary place during the past 20 years, so children and teenagers today are under more pressure than at any time in history.

In fact, one of the new challenges is that many people who grew up in earlier decades had some shielding from the worst of the world's horrors, but with 24/7 access to news information available to anyone, that's no longer a realistic possibility.

Small wonder then, that there has been such a rapid rise in the need for child counselling. Children who have access to a child counsellor are going to be better able to handle the stress of growing up in a world that can at times seem to be beyond hope.

Children are being taught that life is terrifying

The message children hear over and over is that the world is a really scary place. They're told they should worry about the environment, and are encouraged in school to imagine dystopian post-apocalyptic scenarios.

They're also warned to be afraid of strangers, be afraid of teachers, be afraid of medical personnel, and not to trust our politicians or even our emergency personnel.

Imagine what it is like to grow up in a world like that, and being constantly told that there's almost nobody you can trust.

Technology is creating new problems

Adding to the problem is that there is a constant invasion of technology into every corner of our lives.

Cyber-bullying, for example, isn't something previous generations of children had to worry about. When children of previous generations were bullied, it was still serious, but it wasn't broadcast to the whole world, and the whole world wasn't given an open invitation to join in.

So the world has really changed, and youth counselling has to change with it. One of the things that makes The Grove stand out in the field of child counselling in Melbourne is that we understand the nature of all this change and how to respond to it.

How The Grove is making a difference

The Grove offers children counselling in Melbourne for many different problems they may face, and uses innovative therapy options to help diagnose and treat behavioural disorders that may have arisen.

Counselling for children requires a cautious and sensible approach, where a therapist or counsellor must avoid leaping to premature conclusions. Patience is essential, and children must feel free to express themselves freely in a therapeutic environment.

The Grove is a leader in helping kids understand their problems, providing coping strategies, and the means for healing. We have had highly successful results in separation anxiety counselling and bullying counselling for Melbourne kids.

Bullying counselling in the correct context

Most practitioners advertise bullying counselling in the context of treating victims of bullying. It's definitely important to provide counselling for victims, but we also believe it's at least as important, and probably more so, to provide counselling for the bullies themselves.

Helping kids to cope with bullying is great, and we are definitely very good at that. But isn't it also best to terminate bullying at the source? Providing the necessary treatment for one bully could save dozens of kids from having to seek treatment as victims of bullying.

This treatment also potentially saves the bully from heading forward into a life of difficult relationships.

Separation anxiety counselling

Children sometimes can be distressed when they are even temporarily separated from their primary care-giver. This is understandable (especially in light of what was said earlier with regard to that message of how scary the world is) but it also can be a problem because there are times when the separation is necessary.

Separation anxiety can be an indication that something else is wrong for the child. Counselling and other child therapies can help reveal what is actually going on. We can address the problem if we understand it.

Children aren't the only ones who suffer from separation anxiety either. Many parents can be just as distraught about being separated from their children, even when they know it is just a temporary separation and when they know the children are reasonably safe. Another form of separation anxiety is simply the fear of being alone, and this too can affect both adults and children.

A diverse mix of therapy options

Children can respond to traditional counselling, but there are other options that are sometimes more helpful.

Play therapy is one of these options, and can be especially helpful in a therapeutic setting where children find it difficult to express their feelings openly.

Art therapy has also been found to be effective for some individuals, and can also be considered as a diagnostic and treatment option.

Other options can include talk therapy and expressive therapies. There is no one method that is right or wrong for every person, so it is good to have a range of options available.

If you are concerned about your child, make an appointment

Booking an appointment for your child's counselling session is as simple as picking up the phone and calling (03) 9532 4567. Regular appointment hours are from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 3pm on Saturdays.

If necessary, you can also make special arrangements for an appointment outside our regular hours.

The Grove is located at 1 Attley Grove, St Kilda East. There is on-street parking in the local area, and we are just a short distance from Ripponlea train station. Bus and tram services also serve our location.

If you are worried about your child, don't delay seeking treatment. Any problems they may have are likely to get worse if treatment is delayed or avoided. Treating problems early can increase the possibility of successful treatment and emotional healing.

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What Will Counselling Provide?

A child counselor will be able to provide a safe environment free of judgment or expectation, in which the child can gently express, explore and resolve feelings and situations in their lives that are causing them distress. Depending on the age and the nature of the child and situation at hand, the child therapist will offer a variety of therapeutic treatment approaches. These could include;

  • art therapy
  • expressive therapies
  • play therapy
  • talk therapy

What to Expect

For younger children, the initial session will be between the professional child therapist and the child’s parent(s) - this is known as a ‘parent interview’. During this parent interview the child therapist will seek to develop an holistic view of the problems at hand – learning about the nature of the child’s distress, how the child and the family are affected in this, the supports that are available to everyone involved, and what has exacerbated or helped the child in the past. During this session a treatment plan will be agreed upon, between the parents and the child therapist.

For teens, much of this same background information will be gleaned over the phone between the therapist and the parent, however a parent interview will not be necessary.

Subsequent to developing a full picture of the child’s situation, one-to-one therapy sessions will commence, between the child and the professional child therapist. Whether the child be very young or a teenager these sessions generally occur without the presence of the parent or guardian. Often times, for fear of judgment or because of how ashamed the child may feel for what they have done or felt, children will hold back when a family member is present.

To ensure that parent(s) remain informed over the counselling period, depending on the age of the child, regular phone calls and parent meetings will be scheduled, between the child therapist and the parent(s). Long lasting tangible results can be best achieved when children feel at ease and are able to freely engage with the child counselling treatment.

Counselling can Help

Our professional counsellors are here to help your child find greater ease in life. If your child is in need of counselling treatment and support, contact The Grove Counselling & Therapy today on 03-9532-4567 or book a session via our Online BOOKING service.

The Grove specializes in several forms of additional counselling including; family counselling, teen counselling and couples counselling.

1 Attley Grove, St Kilda East VIC 3183    Tel: 03-9532-4567   E: info@thegrovecounselling.com