Child and Adolescent Counselling

A time of transition

Childhood and adolescence are periods of rapid development and change. Young people are confronted with a bewildering array of physical, emotional and psychological developmental milestones – growing up is a tricky business! For some kids, this can be a relatively smooth, or even exciting process of transitions on their journey to adulthood. Yet for others, the challenges encountered can seem overwhelming.

The common bond that links all children is their need for love and nurturing as they develop, learn and grow. Yet even when parents and carers provide a nurturing home environment, sometimes children still need extra support. When life is troubling for your child or teenager, specialist age-appropriate counselling can help your child to overcome challenges, by developing their resilience, self-esteem and psychosocial skills.

Child counselling (3 to 12+ years)

The childhood years present a unique set of challenges, for children and parents alike. Young children frequently find it difficult to regulate their emotions and articulate the complexity of what they are feeling. From temper tantrums to social withdrawal, and concerning behavioural issues such as biting and bedwetting, children often express their distress in worrying ways. Older children may experience school-related problems such as social isolation, learning difficulties or bullying

Life Supports offers specialist child counselling for:

  • anxiety
  • bedwetting
  • behavioural problems
  • blended family issues
  • bullying
  • coping with separation and divorce
  • depression
  • grief and loss
  • school refusal
  • separation anxiety
  • sibling conflict
  • sleep issues

Life Supports specialist child counsellors and psychologists will help your child to feel happy, secure and confident within themselves and your family dynamic. Life Supports also provides specialist parenting counselling to support you in developing effective parenting strategies. Essential skills include modelling (and encouraging!) desirable social behaviours for your child, and adopting appropriate verbal and physical responses whenever your child is exhibiting unsafe or disrespectful behaviour.

Ultimately, Life Supports’ priority is ensuring your entire family feels supported.

Adolescent counselling (12 to 18+ years)

 The adolescent years are a significant life stage that heralds a range of new challenges. As teenagers commence the transition into adulthood, they start to develop physical and emotional maturity by exploring their sense of self in the world. There is a natural progression of moving away from the family group in order to gain greater independence. This process of individuation is a significant, and necessary, transition for both the teenager and their family.

Life Supports offers specialist adolescent counselling for:

  • academic difficulties
  • anger management
  • anxiety
  • behavioural concerns
  • body image issues
  • bullying (online and at school)
  • depression
  • drug and alcohol concerns
  • eating disorders
  • family conflict
  • grief and loss
  • interpersonal conflict
  • relationship issues
  • self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • self-esteem issues
  • sexuality
  • sleep issues
  • social isolation
  • stress

A crucial stage of individuation involves teenagers experimenting with new social roles, behaviours and situations. This exploration is integral to establishing their adult identity, distinct from their childhood self. Decades of research suggest that the dramatic hormonal changes and rapid brain development that occur throughout adolescence commonly result in lowered impulse control, coupled with heightened risk-taking behaviours. Problematic behaviour may manifest externally (anger, aggression and family conflict), or your adolescent may internalise their feelings about transitioning into adulthood (anxiety, depression and family withdrawal). Counselling for adolescents is an invaluable therapeutic tool designed to help adolescents make sense of themselves, their behaviours and interactions with others during this critical time of development.

Life Supports specialist adolescent counsellors and psychologists will help your teenager to feel happy, secure and confident within themselves and your family dynamic. Life Supports also provides specialist family counselling for parents who are needing support with managing their family’s wellbeing, and help with the incredibly complex role of parenting.  There is no rule book about parenting and no parent does it perfectly, but learning effective parenting strategies can make a big difference to a child’s wellbeing and behaviour.

Growing up can be an exciting, empowering experience – especially when children and adolescents have learned the skills and support required to develop psychological resilience and an intrinsic sense of self-worth. Life Supports can help support you and your children achieve and maintain wellbeing in all areas of life.

Specialist child and adolescent counsellors and psychologists

Promoting respectful and workable relationships is an integral part of counselling. Here at Life Supports, we meet children and adolescents at their developmental level, implementing effective strategies to help them cope with the challenges of growing up and finding their place within their family, their social circles, and society at large. Our child and adolescent specialists are highly experienced in working with children, adolescents and their families to facilitate understanding of the unique issues they bring to counselling. Setting achievable goals – encouraging safe behaviours and respectful relationships by implementing effective strategies – is the key to a positive and successful path forward.

Find a Life Supports child and adolescent specialist in your local area

To make an appointment or enquiry, please call a Life Supports intake consultant on 1300 735 030.