How to best support your Child with a counsellor

Is your child struggling at school? Are they receiving bad grades or bad comments from the teachers? Sometimes, if there is a change in your child’s behaviour at school then they are experiencing something that is impacting their mental health. Unfortunately, as a parent it can sometimes be easy to miss. Fortunately, most teachers are dedicated to their students and will be able to spot changes in patterns. Many schools will also have child counsellors however many students may not take to them. Sometimes it is easier if you take the matter into your own hands and organize a counselling session for your child in a new place.

When should you go see a child counsellor?

If you are worried about your child, then you should consider booking in a session with a qualified counsellor. Keep in mind, that even for a mentally healthy and thriving child a counselling session can be beneficial. There is absolutely no harm of going to a child counsellor. On the other hand, if you miss warning signs or let yourself ignore them, your children’s mental health can deteriorate. Some of the most tell-tale signs include changes in eating habits, changes in sleeping habits, unusual socialising, and a drastic change of performance in school. While every child goes through phases, puberty can hit others more drastically than their peers. You know your child best, so if you are asking yourself whether you should take them to a counsellor, you most likely should. In more serious cases, your child may need to see a child counsellor after a severe accident, death of a loved one, or behaviour that may indicate undiagnosed mental health conditions.

What can a child counsellor help with?

Child counsellors are there for your children to be an impartial and safe space. They can help your child through a variety of problems they may be facing. From moving home, divorce of their parents, trouble at school, or friend problems. Child counsellors are specifically equipped to help talk to your children and help them process their feelings in a healthy way. A child’s brain continues developing way past puberty, and counsellors have the tools to better understand and emphasise with young adults. In addition, the overload of hormones created in puberty can impact every child differently with many behaviours becoming unpredictable and potentially hazardous. The child counsellor will be able to speak to your children about dangers that can result from their behaviours, help them process complex emotions, and aid to channel their anger into healthy avenues.

What can you do to better support your child?

Whether your child is 1 or 15, one of the best things you can do for them is to provide routine and stability. If possible, keep your part of the relationship as predictable and comforting as possible. Promote discussions and communication in the family to ensure they feel safe to come home. This way, if they have a problem, there is a better chance they will come to you. If you would be interested, it is also possible for you to book a joint session with your child. Child counsellors can also speak to parents and the family to help them better support their child or teenager. If you would like to try this option, please feel free to book an appointment now.