Clarence Valley Counselling provides counselling to children, adolescents and their parents/carers where there are experiences of trauma, anxiety or depression. We support our client's healing through safety, compassion, connection, trust and empathy.
We view counselling as a model of working together with children, adolescents and their families. It is very important for us that the parents/carers are willing to participate in regular review sessions (in person, phone or email) and keep us updated on any significant events, challenges or changes.
The frequency of counselling depends on the child/adolescent's needs and their family's commitments. The need for counselling can change as children/adolescents develop and their circumstances change.
Counselling for Children and Adolescents
Many Children and adolescents have never spoken about or find it difficult to talk about their experiences of trauma or mental health challenges. They may feel a sense of guilt, embarrassment or shame. They may worry about the consequences of talking about their experiences.
As social Workers, providing counselling is an opportunity to build trust and help children and adolescents develop a sense of safety in the world, as well as developing a sense of who they are.
We help our client's learn ways to express their emotions about their experiences and explore their beliefs about what has happened. We tailor each session to the individual needs of our client's and we use a variety of modalities to help children express themselves, including story writing, play, sand play, puppets, art, craft, music and role plays.
It is important for children to have a safe space to express their emotions. Many children and adolescents who do not express their emotions about their experiences and challenges, can experience more intense and ongoing issues in the future
We provide education to the adults (parents/carers/family) in the client's lives about the impact of their experiences and how they can provide support within the family. We work with the adults to help them explore and understand what the challenges are for the child or adolescent as their behaviour is usually a sign that something needs addressing rather than punishing.