Counselling for families, children, and adolescents in Kensington.
Parents often ask for a consultation because they are having difficulties agreeing on how to parent or are worried about one or more of their children. In some cases the best option is to take time to reflect on the relationship between the couple who have parenting responsibilities (please see couples counselling).
This service is sensitive to different family compositions and cultural backgrounds. The parents can be married, unmarried, in a civil partnership, divorced, straight, gay, lesbian, or transgender.
With very young children it is possible to make changes by helping the parents manage the child's difficulties and the therapist may not meet directly with the child.
For children aged between 7 and 14, counselling will likely involve sessions with the child, parents, and other members of the family.
Adolescents over the age of 14 are usually seen on their own, although parents may be asked to attend some sessions in order to reflect on how to assist the adolescent though the process of therapy. Other members of the family may also be invited to attend some of the sessions.
An initial 90 minute consultation is usually attended by both parents and the child. If you are concerned about how to communicate the purpose of the meeting to the child we can discuss this over the phone. The initial meeting will be an opportunity to explore the problems in depth and may be followed by another two 50 minute meetings in order to gain further clarity regarding the most suitable psychological service.