Sadia Saeed Raval
Many children today face several stressors at home, school and with peers. At a time when their minds are growing and they are forming impressions of how the world is, it is very important to work on such stressors in order to prevent the formation of long standing emotional and behavioral difficulties. Child counselling provides your little ones with an environment where they can explore their difficulties through child-friendly and holistic approaches.
Child counselling primarily involves ‘play therapy’ in addition to the commonly used talk therapy. Children, owing to their still developing language and communication skills often cannot express themselves verbally. They can relate to symbols better, such as are found in stories, picture books, puppets and drawings. This also makes therapy enjoyable for children.
Through child counselling, we focus on the following:
Enabling Self Expression
The objective here is to help children fully express their needs, worries and anxieties.
Puppets, games, colors, make-believe play and story-telling sessions help us build rapport and understand the child’s world and his/her mind.
This helps us understand important aspects about the child such as his self-esteem, how loved he feels and how he relates to the people around him.
Identifying Roots of Behaviour
On the basis of the above, we identify the roots of the problem behaviours. In most cases, the roots lie in unfulfilled emotional needs.
This manifests in behaviors ranging from aggression
to social isolation and depression, as children often not have enough resources at their disposal to understand how to deal with negative emotions.
The family environment and parent-child relationships are also often conflicted, leading to further emotional pile up in the child.
Recognizing these underlying needs is a core step of child counselling and helps a great deal in remedying behavioral difficulties.
In this phase of therapy, we help children satisfy their needs in productive ways. Enhancing self-esteem is almost always a core aim here, along with instilling feelings of emotional security.
We also work on the child’s social skills in order to help him deal better with his environment.
Often, changes are required in the home environment
as well, so as to help the child. Thus, we have periodic sessions with the parents
to help them gain more perspective about the child and understand their role in determining their child’s behavior.
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