During their early years of development, young children and adolescents can experience difficulties at critical stages in their lives and our child psychologist can help them. Your child may experience behavioural, social, emotional and learning problems and may be unsure how to overcome these challenges.
What can I expect from counselling with our child psychologist?
Your child’s relationship with their counsellor is the most important part of child counselling services. How your child, their counsellor and you communicate are all vital to the progress your child makes in the sessions.
Firstly, we meet with you to discuss your concerns and the challenges you are facing. It is important for this session to be between you and the counsellor only, so you can discuss your concerns openly and without judgement.
As we meet with your child we will keep you updated on their progress. However, it is important for your child to feel safe to be open about their feelings and for them to know that the information won’t be shared with the rest of the family.
Because children do not always know how to express their feelings, we use a wide range of expressive therapies to help guide your child through the process. These therapies are very intuitive and don’t necessarily require children to talk. The therapies we choose to adopt include Sandplay, reading books, art therapy and drama and movement therapy.
It is important to agree on the number of sessions with your counsellor and bring your child each week. As you work through the sessions and they draw to a close, it’s imperative that you book a ‘goodbye’ session for your last session. Why? It is important for your child to say goodbye to their counsellor as they would by this stage be someone they feel they can confide in and open up to.
What are the best ways to explain child counselling to my child?
The most important thing is to let them know that they are safe to express their feelings and they will not be forced to do anything they do not want to do. Give them a visual of what the room and their counsellor will look like prior to meeting them so they can understand this to be a familiar and safe place to visit.
What issues can you help my child overcome through child counselling?
Children and adolescents can face a range of behavioural, emotional and social challenges. From parents going through a divorce to developing fears and phobias. Our trained child counsellors will be able to support you through a range of issues including:
- Children dealing with divorce and parent separation
- Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional)
- Parenting issues
- Fears and phobias
- Emotionality and associated problems
- Separation Anxiety
- Self Confidence
- School-related Problems
- Sibling rivalry
- Body Image worries or eating disorders
- Grief and loss
Why Choose A resolution Applecross for your Child’s Psychologist?
While it is important to always choose the right counsellor for your personal needs and comfort. It is even more important for your children to be seeing a psychologist that has experience with children and parents alike. We encourage you to book a session for yourself first, to see if you are happy with the style, and then ensure this is someone you believe your child will be comfortable opening up to.
Our Child Therapists
Francisca Lessa- Psychotherapist (children age 4 to 18) English and Spanish language
Francisca is trained in Child Play Therapy and circle of security parent training. Francisca is a warm and engaging psychologist who is sure to connect with your child Read more
Katherine Shanhun – Senior Psychologist (children age 9 to 18)
With over 5 years experience as a school counsellor (and 12 years experience as a psychologist) in addition to experienc in private practice, Katherine has extensive experience working with children and teenagers. She is passionate about people achieving their goals and uses a number of therapeutic modes in facilitating this. Katherine can work with children ages 2 to 18 Read more
Unami Magwenzi Senior Clinical Psychologist
Unami is a warm and friendly psychologist with extensive experience in helping young people aged 9 or older. Unami has over 12 years experience as a psychologists and is very experienced with self esteem issues, school refusal, bullying and more. Read More
Megan Moosa – Senior Psychologist (children age 9 to 18)
Megan is a Senior Registered Psychologist at Aresolutions Applecross. She is committed to working with you and your children to better manage a wide range of emotional and behavioural concerns.
Her dedication to child and adolescent health includes her work as an experienced School Counsellor. She specialises in addressing issues related to anxiety, bullying, exam preparation and anti-social behaviour. Read more