Counselling for children and teenagers is different from adult counselling. In particular children need ways other than just words to express and explore what is troubling them and to help learn and practice new ideas and skills. This is why Sara uses art, play and creative activities to engage and work with children.
As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else, so it is important that Sara works closely with you in addressing your concerns, and helping your child, whether they are experiencing:
- Social & Emotional difficulties
- Bumps in The Road
- Childhood Trauma
It is important to address social and emotional difficulties in children as early as possible, (early intervention) to avoid the possibility of developing more serious mental health difficulties as children grow older.
Sara can work with you, to help your child:
- Develop confidence and social skills in how to make and keep friends
- Increase ‘Resilience’ to cope with life’s ups and downs
- Overcome Sadness, Withdrawal or feeling bad about himself/ herself
- To be less restricted by Fears & Worries and engage more with life
- Learn how to confidently respond to bullying
- Discover how to deal with overwhelming or strong feelings
- Learn how to manage frustration, anger and/or aggression
- Overcome food issues and learn helpful meal-time routines
- Step out from the discomforts of shyness
- Address soiling/ wetting difficulties or challenges with potty training
- Settle at night and sleep well
- Reduce feelings of ‘difference’ and feel more connected with others
- Address self-harming behaviours, thoughts and feelings
- Work through grief and loss
Children are generally quite resilient and adaptive to change, but ocsassionally big changes or a family crisis can lead to difficulties. This can even happen with children or teens who normally manage life well, and may only effect one child in a family. At these times your child may benefit from counselling to support them.
Bumps-in-the-road that children and teens sometimes face are:
- Arrival of a new baby in the family
- Family relocation
- Death of a family member, close friend or pet
- Starting pre-school, ‘big’ school or moving onto high school
- Family separation or divorce
- Adjusting to having and moving between two homes
- Adapting to being part of a ‘blended’ family
- Having a sibling with a disability or special needs
- Diagnosis of illness in your child or family member
Sara has over 15 years specialist experience and training in working with childhood trauma and is able to offer trauma counselling to children and young people who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or witnessed domestic violence.
Sara also provides ‘trauma informed’ counselling and ‘reparative parenting’ coaching to parents and foster carers. Helping them to provide the secure, containing and loving environment, that survivors of childhood abuse need to recover, form healthy relationships and thrive.
Sara also provides counselling to children & teens who have witnessed or experienced natural disasters , traumatic events or accidents.
Sara is an Approved Counsellor with NSW Victims of Crime.