Many young children can experience a number of issues in their lives that can have an impact on their mental health. Parental divorce, death of a family member, bullying at school, learning difficulties just to name a few, can all negatively impact a child's emotional, social and behavioural development.
You may notice your child begin to withdraw, act out at home and/or at school, fall behind academically or complain of having no friends!
A psychologist can help with assessing your child's needs and respond by providing the appropriate type of psychological treatment to improve their life. When working with children a therapist needs to consider the child's development and capacity to process their world.
Typically a child psychologist/counsellor will adopt a play based approach to working with children therapeutically, as play is the natural language for children. Where adults will capitalise on the use of "talk therapies" a child's cognitive development is not as mature and therefore they may find it difficult to process and express their concerns, verbally.
As a Child Psychologist I have spent many years accessing regular training and supervision on how to work creatively with children through play. I have a preference for using a Child Centred play based approach to engage, assess and work with a child to assist them to process their world.
Some of the common childhood issues and disorders therapy can assist with include;
- Childhood anxiety and depression
- Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Challenging behaviours
- Low self esteem and confidence
- Separation and attachment difficulties
- Grief and Loss