Child-centred therapy helps children to understand their feelings, to communicate safely and to make sense of events they’re experiencing.
Typical talking therapies may not be right for children and teenagers who struggle to open up about their feelings. Child-centred therapy allows them the opportunity to explore and understand these feelings. It can enable them to see current difficulties or past traumas in a different way so that they are less likely to turn blame inwards. The empowerment and increased self-esteem that follows can help them to cope with challenges in the real world.
A Child Therapist will use creative activities such as play, sand tray and art to harness children’s natural ability to learn, communicate and explore their worlds. This can make recovery from difficult life experiences easier by allowing them freedom of expression in a safe and trustworthy environment.
Children of different cultures, genders and abilities can all be helped by bespoke child-centred therapy.
Pinnacle provides effective interventions for children aged 4-12 and teenagers with a variety of presenting problems, such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of confidence
- General anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Social phobia and shyness
- Mood swings
- Attachment disorder
- Relationship problems
- Bereavement and loss
- Transition into or out of school
- Parental separation
- Exam stress
- Trauma or abuse
- Substance misuse
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Eating disorder
- Body dysmorphia
- Gender identity issues
- Specific phobias
- Anger or behaviour management.
Our therapists generally work with individual children but many have experience of working with parents and with siblings too.
Child-centred therapy can’t change anything that’s happened but it can promote resilience in children to enable them to see life in a more hopeful light.