Child & Youth Mental Health Counselling
Your child’s mental health affects every aspect of their lives. If worry and stress are not addressed in their formative years, it’s possible they may experience difficulty in their later years. At Turning Point Counselling, we care about building healthy communities by investing in our children’s mental health.
Mental health concerns are common in children and adolescents. The most frequent concern among younger people is anxiety and depression. Difficulties may emerge in some of the important domains in their lives: school, peers, play.
Positive mental health and self-esteem help young people develop resilience, to equip them with the coping skills and emotional balance to deal with adverse events and circumstances. Our therapists build a supportive alliance with your child, to help them make sense of their lives and build a resilient sense of self.
Building resiliency skills: Resiliency is the ability of an individual to cope and bounce back from a situation. Learning skills that contribute to resilience will help your child to feel competent, confident, and connected.
Our therapists can help your child identify, explore, and articulate their thoughts and feelings in a way that feels safe. In doing so, emotion regulation skills can be learned to increase your child’s capacity to manage stress, and strengthen their ability to cope. This will assist them in their decision-making and problem-solving. In teaching your child how to work through difficult situations, your child can nurture a sense of empowerment in their lives.
What does “mental health” mean?
Mental health includes our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Our thoughts, feelings, behaviour, and environment all influence our overall mental health.
What are signs my child is experiencing poor mental health?
If your child is having difficulty sleeping, performing everyday tasks, like going to school and doing things they would normally enjoy, it may be time to initiate a conversation with your child. Sometimes children with poor mental health are also more likely to engage in conflicts, have random aches and pains, and withdraw from friends and family.
How do I know when it’s time to stop therapy?
It’s important to discuss with your child when they think it’s time to end therapy. You may notice an improvement in your child’s affect, behaviour, mood, and school performance. Consult with your therapist on a plan for finishing, and include your child in the conversation so they feel they have control over this part of the therapy process.
What are typical situations that can influence my child’s mental health?
Losses, such as separation and divorce, loss of a pet, the death of a friend or family member, and moving. A traumatic experience, bullying and difficulties in school or with peers can also impact your child’s mental health.
How to become a client
To send a confidential message, please fill out our contact form or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our administrative support team will contact you within one business day. Once we have assessed what your needs are we will connect you with a therapist that, we believe, is aligned with what you are looking for.