"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."
- Ralph W. Emerson
COUNSELLING FOR OLDER CHILDREN
Although adolescence and the post-matric years are exciting developmental stages, these can be difficult to navigate at the best of times. Additional life circumstances, trauma, loss and anxieties can make this time even more challenging to navigate and as parents it can be difficult to know how to help.
Counselling allows a young client to discover a safe space where they can express and explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and make sense of their world without fear of judgement. The authentic and trusting therapeutic relationship that emerges in this space, allows for healing, growth and development. Through collaboration and shared goals with a mental health practitioner, a client is able to access a larger pool of resources, recognize new strengths, learn coping skills and gain new insights.
It is important that parents allow their children to take ownership of their mental health by allowing and encouraging them to access supportive services, should they ever need them. Counselling has been proven to enhance mental well-being, self-esteem and social resilience in youth.
Individual counselling is also recommended for pre-teens, whose age, needs and preferences align with a more talk-based therapeutic intervention style.