The friendly and experienced clinicians at YVP provide a safe place to hear your young person’s concerns. They can help them decide if they would like anything to be different in their life and how this might happen. They can also help young people understand other experiences that they may be having that they find confusing or frightening. Some of the concerns they are facing may be similar to that of an adult, but addressing them now could prevent further entrenchment of these issues.
Child-adolescent counselling is a confidential process. Our psychologists & counsellors are dedicated to helping their young clients in the most efficient manner and will always discuss the need for sharing information with the child/adolescent when it is likely to be helpful. We also acknowledge that parents/caregivers are invariably concerned and want to help in a positive way.
The difference between normal event-related anxiety, going through phases of being anxious and an anxiety disorder is that the event-related anxiety/phase is usually harmless and temporary. When a child suffers from an anxiety disorder he/she will experience fear, nervousness, shyness, and avoidance of places and activities that persists despite the helpful efforts of parents, caretakers, and teachers. Anxiety can present as a number of different physical symptoms as well so validating their concerns is extremely important.
Play Therapy is primarily used with children aged between 3 and 12 years of age, but is sometimes appropriate for young people outside of this age bracket.
Play Therapy is a modern and intuitive approach to treating a wide scope of children’s emotional and behavioural presentations.
It capitalises on children’s natural ability to express their feelings and resolve conflicts through play, using toys and games as a form of language/communication with the therapist.