Children

Young Children (2.5 - 11 years)

Childhood, being the foundation stage of our lives is where the roots of most of our eventual ways of living, thinking and relating with ourselves and our world lie. Children as young as 2.5 years may have social, emotional, behavioural or developmental challenges which impact their development and childhood experiences. Issues like these may arise because of various underlying causes.

We at SACAC Counselling believe in ‘Early Intervention’. Intervention at this stage allows an opportunity for issues to be addressed before deeper and long-lasting damage is done. This philosophy is supported by our team of highly experienced clinical as well as educational psychologists and counsellors that is dedicated to working with children.

We use a collaborative approach and involve the parents, school and other relevant people involved in the child’s upbringing, for effective therapeutic healing. Where necessary, we also administer psychometric assessments to help identify core issues so that individualised intervention and learning plans can be developed.

If required, we make references and work closely with other service providers such psychiatrists, speech/language and occupational therapists.

Some of the issues we help address are:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Confidence and Low Self Esteem
  • Addiction
  • Interpersonal and Social Issues
  • Body Image Issues
  • Tantrums and Aggression
  • Difficulty in Adjusting to a New Culture and Environment
  • Academic Challenges
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Aspergers
  • Other Learning Disorders
  • Genetic Disorders

Young children often do not have the skills to understand and process their emotions. Because language is also still developing, it can be hard for them to verbalise or put into words how they feel. Our team is skilled in using various Expressive Therapies (Sand, Play, Art, Movement) which engage the child at pre-cognitive levels and help overcome the barrier of language to connect with them. All therapy sessions are conducted in a child friendly environment and with tools that enable children to work through their challenges.

Adolescents (12-18 years)

Adolescence can be a challenging time for young people as it marks transitional stages in school, physical and emotional development, and the formation of deeper peer relationships. It can also be an exciting time where exploration of self emerges, creativity and independent thinking grows, and values and beliefs are questioned and assessed. Working therapeutically with this group means fostering growing independence while creating a safe base for learning strategies and skills to make healthy life choices, strengthen sense of self and create goals for positive growth and change. Whenever possible, we support parents and involve them in the therapeutic process.

Some of the common issues that we help address are:

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Depression and Unhappiness
  • Bullying
  • Confidence and Low Self Esteem
  • Body Image and Eating Disorders
  • Motivation and Academic Challenges
  • Anger Management
  • Addictions
  • Sex Related Issues
  • Communication
  • Difficulty in Adjusting to a New Culture and Environment
  • Interpersonal and Social Issues
  • Self-harm
  • Grief and Loss

Our counsellors, psychologists and social workers are multicultural and speak English, French, German, Dutch, Arabic, Bahasa, Hindi and Mandarin.