If you’re looking at this section of the website, you may be wondering whether or not your child has an issue or problem, or may be looking for ideas as to whether you are doing the right thing as a parent. There are so many challenges in childhood, for both children and parents. Your child may be having emotional outbursts and you’re not sure whether these are normal, or there may be other concerns such as your child is ‘very clingy’, or there are school-related problems such as bullying or social isolation. As a parent of three young people (now all in their twenties), I know what it is like to worry about whether or not you are saying/doing the right thing. What is the right or wrong thing? How do you teach your child to problem solve when in your heart, all you want to do is make it right for them and take away their worries?
HOW I CAN HELP YOU AND YOUR CHILD
I have been working with children and their parents/carers for over twenty years as a child, adolescent and family mental health specialist, supporting them with single and/or common issues or with more complex issues and extreme traumas.
I am able to provide practical, focused, developmentally appropriate, and individualised strategies for issues such as:
- Behavioural issues
- Grief and loss
- Separation and divorce
- School refusal
- Blended families
- Sibling conflict
- Sleep problems
- Separation anxiety
- Internet safety
- Parental conflict
- Intense emotions
- Focusing and attention
My approach focuses on developing proven effective skills for your child and you to cope with difficult and overwhelming emotions, and teaching them to feel calmer in the face of life’s difficulties. I can work with you and your child offering parenting skills and support for your child to help them:
- Stay calm in difficult situations
- Deal with anger and rage without losing it
- Reduce the intensity of emotions
- Effectively problem solve
- Increase their self-worth
- Stay focused on specific tasks.
If you feel that you and your child need some extra support to develop some new strategies for dealing with the different issues or problems, you can consider going along with them to your GP to get a Better Access Mental Health Care Plan (based on eligibility) which is subsidised by Medicare. The plan will entitle your child to ten counselling sessions.
Sometimes you may only need support and advice on a short-term basis which I can offer via a few one-on-one in-person sessions, telephone or Skype. These services are not offered through the Medicare Mental Health Scheme, and do not require a referral from your GP.
Counselling children often involves family and parent involvement. Sometimes you may find that you are looking for some extra parenting skills to support your child’s behaviour, and we can work together to provide the necessary strategies that will create the effective change.