CHILDREN ( 5 – 12 years )


Children are greatly influenced by those around them – at home, school, and in the community—for better or worse. The sooner a child is able to receive support and strategies to deal with their challenges, the better equipped he or she will be in the future.

Play and creative expression provide opportunities for children to: express feelings and wishes, explore relationships, describe experiences and achieve self-fulfilment. Children are in a constant state of change as they grow and develop. Challenges come in many different forms, such as:

  • separation anxiety
  • unhelpful attachment
  • fears (darkness, water, death)
  • interpersonal conflict (at home or school)
  • birth of a sibling
  • grief, loss or separation (person or pet)
  • lack of emotional control
  • separation/divorce
  • increasing confidence or communication
  • fostering or adoption
  • interpersonal relationships
  • difficulties at school
  • adjusting to a new living situation

When working with children, often there is a need to work closely with the parent/legal guardian and possibly other people in the child’s life (i.e. family members, foster parent, teacher). This will occur only with the child’s knowledge and the parent/legal guardian’s permission. 

By encouraging and empowering children to discover their inner and outer resources, they will grow. Parental support includes developing the capacity to nurture and raise healthy children.  


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See About Allyson/How I do what I do regarding possible therapeutic interventions.