Child and Adolescent

Children and adolescents can experience several traumatic challenges. The break up of an important relationship, serious conflict within their family, their parents’ divorcing, a serious or life-threatening health problem, failing an important exam, unexpected pregnancy, a humiliating or deeply disappointing experience, being bullied at school and/or on social media, the death of a family member or friend, being victimized by a violent act, etc., can all cause psychological upset. Seeking the advice and perspective of a counsellor can help them regain their certainty and help rebuild their confidence, and set the stage for a happier, healthier future.

Child and Adolescent Issues

  • Fear of being separated from parent
  • Losing previously-acquired skills (such as toilet training)
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Panic attacks
  • Personal issues interfering with sleep, eating habits, concentration, or relationships
  • Engaging in compulsive behaviour
  • Persistent worry
  • Prolonged sadness
  • Feeling depressed, lethargic or apathetic
  • Thought of suicide or wanting to harm yourself
  • Increased irritability, inappropriate mood swings, angry outbursts
  • Engaging in bizarre, threatening, extreme or dangerous behaviour
  • Indecisiveness or difficulties making decisions
  • Aches and pains with no apparent cause
  • Withdrawn
  • Stressed
  • Substance abuse
  • Disordered eating
  • Bullying
  • Excessive use of sex
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling alienated and alone