Primary Challenges of Child Counselling
How we relate to children and teens is different from how we engage adults. This is especially true in child counselling. From preschool to toddler, to adolescents and youths, children move through distinct cognitive developmental stages. This means different approaches to therapy are required depending on the age and development of the child. What works for a 3-yr-old will differ from what works for a 10-yr-old, and both will differ for a 16-yr-old.
For young children, behaviour and exploration are ways they process what’s going on around them, and how they feel about things. Play therapy is an excellent activity for this age group. It provides a safe and contained environment from which they can naturally explore and express what is happening in their inner world. Here at Allison Bell & Associates, we have a full play therapy space for children. “There's a lot of fun and a lot of care, a lot of connecting and a lot of healing that happens in that room.”
As childhood gives way to the next developmental stage, new pressures, challenges and changes occur within an adolescent and their widening social system. An adolescent counsellor should have substantial knowledge of adolescent development. Experience connecting in a meaningful way builds the trust and respect needed for a teen to want to engage. It is the strength of the therapeutic relationship between an adolescent and the therapist that facilitates the exploration of feelings, relationship dynamics and the social, familial and peer environment.
As an experienced, child and adolescent therapist in Surrey, Alison has worked with children for many years and has developed a unique set of skills that allows her to support and nurture children, parents and the relationship between them.