Counselling services for children, adolescents and their families
As an experienced child therapist/counsellor, with 10 years as a senior clinician at the Gatehouse Centre for the assessment and treatment of child abuse (Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne) as well as working internationally with refugees, I have a great commitment to and enjoy working with children, adolescents and their families.
I have experience in both the assessment and treatment of trauma and attachment issues which are often underlying challenges for children struggling at home, school or with friends. I bring to my work an understanding of child development and offer counselling approaches based on play and arts based methods, framed by my training as a creative arts therapist.
My strength as a counsellor is an understanding that children and adolescents are members of families. Further to this is a commitment to working to enhance the relationships within the family. I work with children/adolescents and their parents to strengthen the child's ability to seek and gain support and emotional understanding from the significant, safe adults in their lives.
Who should attend:
Parents who are struggling with their children- you are constantly battling with your child, you don't understand your child, you feel disconnected from your child.
Parents who are separating/divorced and want support to understand how to work with their child through the transition of the family structure.
Parents of children who have experienced a traumatic event and want a place to think about how this impacts on their own emotions, how to manage their own responses and effectively support their child through their experience.
When hard things have happened and as a parent you feel too overwhelmed to talk to your child/adolescent about it, or you just don't know what to say, how to approach the subject.
Children and adolescents
There has been a difficult event in the child/adolescent's life that has resulted in a significant change to their emotional/psychological health which they have not been able to resolve in a reasonable time frame. If after a few months your child/adolescent has not returned to being the person they were prior to the challenging life event. They display symptoms such as:
- Poor sleeping patterns
- Loss of concentration at school and home
- No longer enjoys usual recreational/relaxation activities
- Has becoming noticeably more needy, clinging
- Reduced confidence
- Regressed in their developmental abilities- language, skills, emotional maturity
Your child may benefit from some time with a counsellor who can support them bring emotions into thoughts and words and support the child/adolescent to share this with the safe, significant adults in their lives.