Many children go through a time in life where they seem to struggle in school and at home. For some children, they may react differently to transitions such as the birth of a sibling, divorce, a move or a death in the family. If children experience emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, they frequently are more able to heal from this event with the help of a therapist.
Child therapy is similar to therapy and counselling for adults: it offers a safe space and an empathetic ear while providing tools to bring about change in thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Child clients will receive emotional and goal support in their sessions. They can focus on resolving conflict, understanding their own thoughts and feelings, and on thinking of new solutions to their daily problems.
The therapist and client(s) can cover a wide variety of issues that include:
- Divorce or separation
- Death of a loved one / pet
- Parental conflict
- Sibling rivalry
- Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
- Home or school relocation
- Substance abuse or addiction in the family
- Mental illness like depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).