Counselling for Adults in Thurles and Templemore Co. Tipperary. Counselling for Children in Templemore, Thurles Co. Tipperary. Counselling for Teenagers in Thurles , Templemore Co. Tipperary.
Sometimes children aged 5 to 12 may need extra support outside of school if they are finding it diffciult to deal with their emotions and behaviours. This type of counselling differs from adult counselling as the childs age and cognitive abilities affect their understanding of what is going on around them. The counsellor must be qualified and experienced in dealing with this age group to support and enable the child to express their emotions and help them cope better with the emotions, feelings or behaviours that are upsetting them.
Some of the issues children may come with include:
- Family and step family relationships
- Problems at school
- Problems with friends
- Problems about body image or self esteem
- Anxiety or worrying
- Behavioural issues
- Feeling afraid of being hurt
- Bereavement and Loss (including the loss of a pet).
- Sleep issues
- Separation Anxieties
With children the spoken work is often too difficult for them to express so I use many forms of therapy to draw them out of themselves and tell their story. Play and art are mediums I find have excellent results for example allowing them to tell their story through sand trays, figurines, through art and story telling and playing with toys. These often give an accurate insight into how the child sees themselves and others around them. It also allows them the opportunity to express their fears or anxieties without having to verbalise them.
Which ever therapy medium is used it is always tailored individually to your own childs needs and often results in helping the child to develop their strenghts and build a positive self esteem and outlook to life.
I have a Degree in Social Care Work and BA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have a specialised Cert. in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy and am presently studying for a Masters in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also a Trained Yoga Teacher and a Trained Childrens Yoga Teacher. I am a fully accredited member with the IACP- Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
If you feel that your child would benefit from Counselling please use the contact form or call Deirdre on 086 891 8075 to discuss this further.