What can a therapist do for my child and/or family?
Therapists are recommended for individuals experiencing symptoms of psychological and/or emotional distress. If your child is experiencing depression, anxiousness, fearfulness, anger or there is a sense of uncertainty in their life with parents separating or a learning disorder causing issues for your child to feel confident and content moving forward in their lives, seeking help from a psychotherapist may help them work through it or learn how to better cope. If your child feels discontent, having problems that you are finding difficult to resolve for them or on their own, a therapist can help you and your child, through counselling, to further develop self-awareness and build on self esteem while encouraging and supporting you and their efforts in improving quality of life and overall wellbeing.
Can I sit in during the sessions with my child?
An adult’s presence is welcome and in most cases anticipated. Your involvement as a caregiver is an important part of your child’s wellbeing! Depending on the age and how the child is responding, it may be recommended there are sessions one on one with child-therapist, so they feel they have their own individual safe space where they can share, if the child feels comfort to so move forward.
How many sessions are recommended?
Treatment plans involving in-person sessions generally consist of 6-8 visits. Then we will revisit the treatment plan to see if further care is necessary. Short term, long term counselling and maintenance sessions are all available.
As a parent /guardian what could I be doing to contribute to the sessions and help my child?
Support, interest and understanding are very important throughout your child’s treatment process. Children need to know that they are not alone or feel alone during the treatment duration and feel supported by caregiver(s). As the therapist and you as the parent, it is important that we work together continuously ensuring the wellbeing of your child. Your involvement and cooperation is imperative.
I feel, as parents, that we will be judged and/or my child will be judged! Will we?
No, neither of you will be judged! As therapists our position entails developing and/or heightening an individual’s sense of his or her own wellbeing. This includes examining and building on self awareness, self esteem and assertiveness, acknowledging that there is a psychological matter at hand. Learning how to cope with and overcome life challenges whether they involve an anxiety disorder, eating disorder, coping with a physical illness, learning challenges, mood disorder, relationships, sexual orientation, self esteem/assertive issues and/or stress, we will work together through the challenges that present themselves in your child’s life. This profession calls for an open mind along with that we are pleased to offer a warm and caring environment where you and your child can feel comforted in knowing that confidentiality/privacy are of the utmost importance, alongside your child’s overall wellbeing!