Counselling for Children and Adolescents

All children/adolescents have their ups and downs and go through all kinds of thoughts and feelings as they grow up. They all have their difficulties.  But, with the back-up of those around them, most cope well enough. Some, however, don’t do so well. Things get on top of them so that they feel overwhelmed by pessimistic views of life, feelings of depression and anxiety.

We provide a variety of techniques and methods to help children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior. The sessions may involve an individual child or accompanied by members of his family.

Psychotherapy/counselling is often used in combination with other treatments (medication, behavior management, or work with the school). The child or adolescent must feel comfortable, safe and understood. This type of trusting environment makes it much easier for the child to express his/her thoughts and feelings and to use the therapy in a helpful way.

The psychotherapy/counselling sessions will allow the child/adolescent to receive emotional support, resolve conflicts with people, understand feelings and problems, and try out new solutions to old problems. Goals for therapy may be specific (change in behavior, improved relations with friends or family), or more general (less anxiety, better self-esteem). The length of psychotherapy depends on the complexity and severity of problems.

Self Growth Institute –Psychological Services provides a wide range of mental health care services to children and young people up to the age of 18, and support to their families.

Common signs that a child/adolescent could experience:

  • They may feel depressed.
  • They may become overly worried about their bodies and eating habits
  • They may withdraw and isolate themselves from their friends
  • They may become preoccupied with thoughts and ideas on their minds that won’t go away
  • They may misuse drugs or alcohol
  • They may become unhappy at school and find it difficult to concentrate and not want to attend
  • Others may be more outgoing, more irritable, tough, aggressive, disruptive or antisocial

 

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For more information or to make an appointment contact us on by phone on 03 9495 0102 or send us an email via our contact form
Our office is located at 261 High St Preston, VIC, 3072

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