Child Counselling

Child Counselling
Child Counselling

Child counselling is a type of therapy that focuses on young children, teens, and adolescents with one or more mental illnesses. It also provides aid to youths, who have experienced trauma, and/or who are experiencing a dysfunctional or stressful home environment.

Many of the issues these children face mimicking the issues adults face in their day-to-day lives. Some of these common issues include anxiety, depression, and grief. The goal of child counseling, however, is to break down problems into manageable parts, so children can better understand and cope with them.

Some of the most common issues that child counselors treat include: 

  • Divorce
  • Grief and the death of a loved one, pet, home, etc.
  • Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event(s)
  • Mental health conditions and psychological distress (i.e. anxiety and depression)
  • Bullying
  • Sexual, emotional, and/or physical abuse
  • Relocation issues (i.e. changing schools, homes, families, and/or cities/states)
  • Family substance abuse or addiction

Great treatment will be available and forward-situated (which means there will be minimal thinking back or uncovering the past) and will probably use non-verbal modalities like play, games, workmanship, and so on

When is Child Counselling Effective?

On the off chance that a parent or gatekeeper isn’t sure if the kid needs advising, the rundown of side effects beneath can be a decent marker. In the event that the kid is encountering at least one of these manifestations, combined with the parent’s anxiety, it’s a smart thought to take the person in question in for an assessment.

Coming up next are side effects that may show an issue that treatment can address or assist with:

  • Ridiculous animosity;
  • Incontinence;
  • Trouble changing in accordance with social circumstances;
  • Regular bad dream and rest challenges;
  • An unexpected drop in grades at school;
  • Determined concern and nervousness;
  • Pulling out from exercises they regularly appreciate;
  • Loss of hunger or emotional weight reduction/acquire;
  • Performing fanatical schedules like hand washing;
  • Communicating musings of self destruction;
  • Discussing voices they hear in their mind;
  • Social disconnection and needing to be separated from everyone else;
  • Liquor or medication use;
  • Expanded actual protests notwithstanding a typical, sound doctor’s report;
  • Self-mischief like cutting (TherapyTribe, 2018).

How an Emotional Child Can Benefit from Therapy

An overly emotional child (or one that struggles with inappropriate emotional expression or emotional dysregulation) may be suffering from one or more of a variety of issues, including ADHD, mental illness, anxiety, or even an autism spectrum disorder.

Whatever the issue they are facing, child counselling can help them deal with it.

Cognitive therapy is a good choice for emotional children, as it involves reducing anxiety and learning new ideas and new ways to channel the child’s feelings and energy. It will also help him or her to identify their inner thoughts, and try to replace the negative ones with more positive, helpful ones.

Applied behavior analysis can help the child learn how to respond to situations in better, more effective ways, and will teach them about rewards and punishments for their behavior. Play therapy is a good choice for younger children with emotional issues since they can act them out through toys or dolls (KidsMentalHealth, 2009).

The type of therapy and techniques that will work best for the child may also depend on which stage of development they are in; Erik Erikson’s groundbreaking theory on the eight stages of psychosocial development is a commonly recognized and accepted theory and can help differentiate between normal, age-appropriate issues and more troublesome symptoms.