CHILDREN'S COUNSELLING AT ANCHORIDGE COUNSELLING
Let’s face it, life can be really tough sometimes, especially for
children over the past few years. They have been faced with
additional amounts of uncertainty, challenges, and obstacles
which can be difficult to deal with.
At Anchoridge, we love to help children work through all the
hardships and storms that come their way, and help them find
ways to be supported, encouraged, and to persevere.
A large part of this resiliency that we foster within our young clients, has to do with helping them express their story through any means that empowers them. Child Therapy at Anchoridge involves an integrative approach drawing from both art and play therapy to help your child explore, play and get creative while working through deeper issues.
Anchoridge is proud to work to address a large variety of issues facing children such as, trauma; depression; disruptive behaviours; anxiety and OCD. Additionally, our clinicians are skilled at helping clients navigate the complexities that arise when dealing with ADD/ADHD and ODD while offering additional support in the form of parent consultations and family counselling.
As parents, we do everything we can to give our children the best start in life! We strive to build a strong foundation for them and try every parenting technique in the book to teach and mould our children into respectable and successful adults. Sometimes, however, despite a parent's best efforts, they'll often receive phone calls from a child's school about slipping grades and unruly behaviour.
Disruptions in their academic process can nearly always be connected to underlying learning or mental health issue. The majority of children with behavioural issues or those showing a decline in academic performance often grapple with issues ranging from learning disabilities or something as simple as poor organizational skills.
Being a child and adolescent in modern times is more difficult than it has ever been. There is the struggle to define themselves in relation to their peers, make sense of their changing bodies and navigating personal and romantic relationship. Additionally, through the prevalence of social media, there is unprecedented access to the lives of others against whom they measure their worth.
We at Anchoridge Counselling specialize in working with adolescents with disabilities, academic challenges, self-esteem, confidence, mental health concerns and sometimes issues that simply arise from just being a teenager. We offer a safe, confidential and nurturing space to be seen, validated and understood. It is also a space for them to
express how they feel and help navigate their identity and sense of belonging. If you are a parent and are having a hard time determining whether changes in your child or adolescent's behaviour are a part of normal angst, or something more serious, you are not alone. Consider seeking a therapist if your child is showing any of the following symptoms:
Frequent or higher than normal levels of frustration, agitation and/or anger
Failing, skipping, or being suspended from school
Withdrawing or isolating from family and friends
Engaging in self-harming or risky behaviours
Overly anxious, fearful or worried
Talking about, threatening or attempting suicide
Undergoing a major life stressor or recent trauma
Depressed mood, intense or unpredictable mood swings
We meet children and adolescents at their developmental level, implementing effective strategies, evidence based approaches and variety of treatment methods to help them cope with the challenges of growing up and finding a place within their family, their social circles, and society at large.
Here are links to a few of our clinicians who specialize in Children's and Adolescent counselling.