Why My Child

If your child is often getting into trouble, is frequently angry, is hooked on social media, is being bullied and harassed, feels anxious and depressed, is psychologically troubled, is self-harming or has attempted suicide, this may be a time to talk things through your child and family therapist.

 

Children add a new dimension to the family. It is a time of change and discovery. It can also be overwhelming, lead to confusion and create chaos. This is a time when children can start misbehaving, have difficulties at school and are emotionally troubled. Children may act out, become aggressive or socially withdraw.

As a child and family therapist, I work with you and your family to facilitate understanding and awareness, help to construct a different interaction style, create a more meaningful attachment, set healthy guidelines and limitations and, bring about a more harmonious connection.

Whereas couples or relationship counselling explores areas of difficulties within a couple, family counselling incorporates other members of the family including children, teenagers, siblings, grandparents and so forth. I work within a similar framework as couples and relationship counselling.

Using a Family Attachment and Systemic framework, together we explore each family member’s experiences and, make aware of the impact these experiences have on each other and self. We identify the patterns of interaction and examine underlying core schematic beliefs that may be creating this unhelpful cycle. When I facilitate reflection and awareness, and promote a different way of interacting that is more real, it paves the way for a more cohesive and harmonious family environment.

Family members influence each other therefore, I work with children and adolescents within the family context. That is, I work with the whole family or independently with children and adults as a lead up to bringing the family together.

When working with children and young people, I use a variety of creative tools to enable expressive processing in difficult areas in their lives.

I am aware that teenagers have their own inherent and social challenges as they transition from childhood to adulthood. These may include:

  • Cyber Bullying
  • Social Media
  • Self Image
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Identity
  • Peer Group Pressure
  • Risk Taking Behaviours (including substance abuse, unsafe sexual practices, self-harm, suicidality and, criminal activity)
  • Finding Meaning and Fulfillment
  • Finding Direction and Purpose
  • Unhelpful Eating Patterns
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Teenage Defiance
  • Teenage Anger

Within the family context I work in the following areas:

  • Parenting Skills and Creating Healthy Attachment Bonds and Setting Limits
  • Effective Communication
  • Post Separation
  • Grief and Loss
  • Family Violence
  • Child and Adolescent Psychological Vulnerabilities
  • Teenage Defiance and Teenage Anger
  • Teenage Risk Taking
  • Childhood Trauma