child counselling vaughan

Child Counselling Vaughan Services

Every child is precious, and the parents' ultimate goal is to provide the best care for their offspring. But children have a different view of the world and experience them differently. Sometimes the challenges can be hard and trying for children.

It is not uncommon for children as young as 5 to exhibit signs of mental health problems. Teenagers also have a difficult time, especially if the problem is undiagnosed and untreated. We can all agree that children have a set of issues that are quite different from those of adults.

This is the reason why child counselling is a separate treatment at Family Matters Counselling. The treatments we offer the children are different in approach, diagnosis and treatment.

What are the treatments for child counselling?

There are three types of treatment that we offer our precious little clients. They include:

  • Psychotherapy – A private and personal counselling which involves verbal as well as non-verbal communication. It is useful in helping with behavioural problems, personality disorders, psychiatric problems and emotional issues.

The children are taught how to respond and react to situations in a healthy, positive manner. They learn tips and ways to control their behaviour, feelings, moods and thoughts.

  • Art therapy – It incorporates the use of arts to express their feelings and emotions. Children who are gifted in non-verbal communication can particularly benefit from art therapy.
  • Play therapy – Young children can benefit from this type of treatment. In their natural play setting and environment, they can express their challenges more easily. This will allows us to diagnose and formulate the right treatment for each individual.

How do I know if my child needs counselling?

Unlike adults, children can have a lot of difficulties expressing their inner struggles. This is why watching and observing their behaviour, and physical reactions are crucial. Children with mental health challenges often exhibit the following signs and symptoms.

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Lack of appetite
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Self-harming traits
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Poor performance in school
  • Getting into trouble very frequently
  • Nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Eating disorder
  • Behavioural changes
  • Aggression

If your child is regularly showing and going through the symptoms as mentioned above, consider child counselling as soon as you feel something is wrong. Most experts agree that early diagnosis and treatment can be detrimental to the overall wellbeing and development of the child.

What causes mental health problems in children?

Children are born with an undisturbed mental and emotional health. But unfortunately, the experiences in life can affect them very adversely. Traumatic experiences are not the only things that can cause mental health issues in children.

Genetics also play an essential role in the mental health condition of the children. Common triggers can include:

  • Bullying
  • Peer pressure
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Learning disability
  • Problems related to adoption
  • Sexual issues
  • Identity crisis
  • Divorce
  • Mixed family
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Death of a loved one
  • Natural disasters

If you sense that your child is undergoing a difficult time, book an appointment with us today at either our Vaughan or North York Location.