It is not unusual for parents to be concerned about their children’s emotional and behavioural development, and from time to time deal with their child or adolescent’s displays of anger, temper-tantrums, sadness, anxiety, non-compliance, or difficulty in peer relationships. However, when such problems are difficult for parents to cope with or when problems begin to adversely affect academic performance, personal adjustment, or social and family relationships, then professional treatment and intervention can be beneficial in addressing these issues. Research suggests that early identification and intervention for children and adolescents exhibiting emotional or behavioural difficulties is crucial in order to reduce the negative effects on academic and social adjustment.
At North Durham Professional Counsellors, we provide psychological treatment and intervention services to children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral, emotional and developmental issues including:
- Parenting /Behavioral Problems
- Learning /Academic Concerns
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Domestic Violence
- Anger Management
- Family Transitions such as Separation/Divorce and Bereavement
Therapeutic approaches for children and adolescents are tailored to the needs of the individual child/adolescent and utilize evidence-based interventions recognized as being most effective. Therapeutic approaches for younger children typically involve more hands-on, activity-based approaches or play therapy as a means to express, explore, and resolve their inner feelings and struggles. For older children and adolescents, “talking-based” self-instructional and problem solving approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy can be effective in resolving behavioural or emotional issues. Treatment interventions for children and adolescents must be multifaceted and comprehensive and include working not only with the child/adolescent, but also with parents, school personnel, and other important family members. An important part of child and adolescent therapy is supporting parents in their role, and offer parenting support, advice and ideas to help their child.