In working therapeutically with children and adolescents over the past seven years, I have come to see how their interior landscapes and outward behaviour provide important contexts in the therapeutic journey toward self-knowledge, healing and capacity for joy.
Child & Adolescent Therapist-Counsellor
My therapeutic counselling with children and adolescents ranges from age 5–21 year olds. The approach is integrative, which means that I use a range of therapeutic methods, such as the arts, play, psycho-education, CBT and Gestalt. Sessions last for fifty minutes on a weekly basis on the same day and at the same time. Consistency helps to build a solid foundation in the therapeutic relationship.
The work may be directive or non-directive and this is led by what is occurring in the therapeutic space. These sessions provide a safe, containing, and caring environment for the young person to express what is arising in the here and now. By these means, the unfolding in the young person’s therapeutic journey begins.
The therapist's attunement in the therapeutic relationship is key. And by this means, the ups and downs, the confusion and anger or depression and anxiety is able to pour out in a safe space.
Therapy in mediation cases
The potential for repair becomes far greater when the child who is struggling to come to terms with the parental breakdown is given a space to work through their pain in the therapy sessions.