Child & Adolescent Therapy

The practitioners at The Relationspace are highly experienced in providing specialised individual therapy to children and adolescents, most especially in the context of family breakdown, separation of their parents and coping with family change.   The Relationspace offers psychological and therapeutic support to children and adolescents to work through issues such as:

  • Coping with Family Change
  • Divorce and separation of their parents
  • Re-partnering of their parent/s 
  • Explosive/Irritable Behaviour
  • Anger management
  • Grief and trauma
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Interpersonal relationship difficulties
 

The practitioner will consult with both parents separately (during individual adult appointments) in order to understand the child or adolescent's developmental and contextual history so that therapy can be appropriately targeted.  Therapy with younger children usually involves working with parents, often separately, both to assist them modify parenting and family factors and also to assist them become co-therapists in their child’s progress. Older children and adolescents are generally seen independently and work together with the clinician to develop relevant therapeutic goals.

Young people benefit from having a “neutral” adult with whom they can feel confident discussing their worries in a confidential and safe space. Therapy assists young people move forward in a positive way with a range of skills, habits and techniques designed to assist them accept change in an adaptive manner.

Often children are referred to The Relationspace by their General Practitioner or other health care specialist; a teacher; a school counsellor; a judicial officer; an independent children’s lawyer or others involved in their care and wellbeing. However, a referral is not necessary and if you think your child may benefit from The Relationspace services, you can contact us directly.