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  • Writer's pictureMakenna Clement-Ranney

Navigating Your Child's Journey to Therapy: A Parent's Guide

Updated: Apr 11



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Parenthood is a journey filled with moments of joy, laughter, and love, but it also comes with it’s fair share of challenges and uncertainties. As our children navigate the complexities of life, they may encounter obstacles that feel overwhelming or insurmountable. At times like these, therapy can be a valuable resource, providing support, guidance, and healing.


Below are some tips for navigating these conversations with your child and your options here with us at Anchoridge Counselling Services!


Understanding Your Child's Emotional Needs


Children today face a myriad of challenges, from academic pressures, to social media influences, to personal struggles with mental health. As parents, it's essential to recognize when our children may need additional support beyond what we can provide at home.


Signs that your child may benefit from therapy include:

  • frequent outbursts of frustration or anger

  • academic struggles

  • changes in eating or sleeping patterns

  • withdrawal from family and friends

  • engagement in risky behaviours

  • increased stress levels

  • changes in mood or behaviour


Navigating the Therapy Conversation


If your child approaches you about wanting to start therapy, it's essential to respond with empathy, understanding, and an open mind.

Validate their feelings and reassure them that seeking help is a brave and positive step towards healing. Encourage them to express their thoughts and concerns openly, and let them know that you're there to support them every step of the way.


Children's Therapy Options at Anchoridge


Anchoridge Counselling Services offers a specialized approach to child and adolescent therapy, drawing from art and play therapy, to help children explore, play, and get creative while working through deeper issues.


Our clinicians are skilled in addressing a wide range of issues including trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and behavioural challenges.


Additionally, we provide parent consultations and family counselling to offer comprehensive support to both children and their families.


Empowering Your Child's Mental Health Journey


Therapy can be a transformative experience for children, providing them with a safe, confidential, and nurturing space to express themselves, explore their feelings, and develop coping skills.

As parents, our greatest desire is to see our children thrive and flourish. When faced with challenges that feel too big to handle alone, therapy can provide the support and guidance needed to overcome obstacles and embrace a brighter future.

If your child expresses a desire to start therapy, or if you notice signs that they may be struggling, don't hesitate to reach out for help.


At Anchoridge Counselling, we're here to support you and your child every step of the way on their journey to healing and growth.


Support for Parents


As your child embarks on their therapeutic journey, we recognize the importance of supporting you, the parent, along the way.

Our team at Anchoridge Counselling Services offers parent check-ins to address your concerns and provide insight into your child's progress.

We also offer individual counselling to help you support your child's healing.

You're not alone—we're here to assist you every step of the way.


Click below to book your intake appointment to get your child matched with the best clinician for their needs.


Click here to head to our children and adolescent therapy page to learn more and learn more about our child therapists.



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