Children, parenting and families

 

Parents and caregivers often bring their child to therapy for emotional, social, and behavioural support. Working with children often involves working with their caregivers and their families to ensure sustainable therapeutic outcomes.

There are many benefits of counselling for children and their families. Therapy can assist parents and children to learn new skills and ways to communicate in the family, build emotional regulation, and facilitate positive changes in the brain within a safe, expressive, and contained environment.

Our development begins from the moment we are created, born, and from the experiences we have had with our own caregivers. Being a supportive and insightful parent begins with understanding your own attachment with your caregivers and how this has impacted on you throughout different stages in your life. Your relationship with your child and the way that you respond to them can significantly impact on their emotional regulation as well as their behaviour.

Our psychologists use a strength-based approach with parenting that focuses on facilitating healthy attachments, building empathy, and enhancing emotional expression and regulation skills in the family. We engage you as the parent to be a 'co-therapist' to support your child. Working with parents is a wonderful way to develop a sense of safety, self compassion, and self-esteem in our children.

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Little Window offers support to children, parents and families with concerns relating to (and not limited to):

  • Behavioural and learning difficulties
  • School refusal
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Difficulties with excessive technology use
  • Social skills / bullying concerns
  • Problems with sleep
  • Symptoms of anxiety or depression
  • Trauma
  • Child abuse
  • Bedwetting and soiling
  • Family separation

  • Anger and aggression

  • Sexualised behaviour

  • Adjustment/Coping with separation

  • Attachment and relationship difficulties

  • Parental difficulties and concerns

  • Sensory disorders

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Once a parent intake is completed with one of our child psychologists, your child will have one-on-one play and expressive therapy counselling sessions to work through their concerns and learn effective emotional regulation strategies and tools. Our psychologists work closely with you as the parent to provide feedback on how your child is going in therapy, and will also teach you strategies learned in sessions so that skills can be translated from the counselling context to home and school.

Little Window is one of the only private Brisbane-based psychology practices that provides a fully-equipped play therapy room to effectively engage children and young people in therapy. Our psychologists have extensive training and experience working with children and families using talk and expressive therapies.

Read our blog here on how you can prepare and support your child for counselling.

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