We support children & young adults through difficult & worrying times to help them heal.

We provide children with lifelong strategies to deal with the worlds ups and downs. 

During childhood there is rapid and intense change in a child’s life and growing up can be difficult. For some children it is relatively easy and smooth, and even exciting during their transitions to adulthood. For others the transition is overwhelming and wrought with challenges.

 Children have a great need for love and nurture as they grow, learn and develop. Sometimes however even when this is provided by parents and carers’, they may still need extra support. If your child is facing some challenges, then your child may need some specialist age-appropriate counselling to help them overcome, develop skills, resilience, and confidence.

Some reasons why children and teenagers might see a counsellor are:

  • Behavioural difficulties such as anger, stress, worry, fear and sadness (grief)
  • Problems with school-age bullying, cyber bullying, or learning difficulties
  • Traumatic events they have experienced or witnessed
  • Social difficulties like friendship development
  • Family changes such as parental separation or divorce
  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual identity
  • Self-esteem and self-harm
  • Grief and loss of a loved one, or pet

At Innate Therapies we have specialist counsellors that are highly experienced in working with children and families with the goal to understand the unique challenges they bring to counselling.  They will meet children at their developmental level, and work towards effective strategies to encourage safe and respectful behaviours and relationships and build their resilience and self-worth.

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We have a range of options to support them

Your child doesn’t have to struggle in silence. No matter their age, we have therapies to help. At Innate Therapies, we know that every child is unique. That is why we have a range of evidence based therapies we integrate into our traditional counselling methods to get to the root of a problem. 
A treatment method that is “evidence-based,” is backed up by objective, scientific evidence that proves it is effective.

Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)

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Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

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Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

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Therapy Through Play

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Clay Field

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Sensorimotor Art Therapy

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Expressive Therapies

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Symbol work and Sand Play

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All counselling sessions are offered Face to Face, or Online* via our secure Telehealth service, where possible.

*Some modalities including Clay Field Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy are only available in our rooms. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are Child Counsellors?

Child Therapists are counsellors/art therapist who are skilled and trained in working with children

What are the functions of Child Counsellors?

As a parent you know your child and you know when they are not coping with life’s challenges. Children are very good in protecting their parents feelings and often a trained counsellor can offer much needed guidance and support.

When should you seek child counselling for your child?

Children attend counselling for a variety of reasons, from self-esteem, grief and loss, bullying, social skills or experience of a traumatic event.

What kind of issues do child counsellors treat?

As a parent you know your child and you know when they are not coping with life’s challenges. They may display this in a change of behaviour which may present as aggression, ticks, high emotions or withdrawal.

How can you tell if your child needs counselling?

Be there for them, let them know that you support them no matter what is going on for them

As a parent or carer, what can I do to help my child?

Some children request for the parent to stay during the session and other children do not, either way, it is what is in the best interest of the child.

Am I allowed to attend my child’s counselling session?

Some children request for the parent to stay during the session and other children do not, either way, it is what is in the best interest of the child.

Will the Counsellors keep me updated?

Counsellors provide a brief overview of the session and will bring the parent into the session if needed. Your child has a right to privacy and confidentiality which is respected at all times. Please note that if there are any concerns for your child’s wellbeing you will be told.

What happens in my child’s counselling session?

Many things happen during a counselling session, and this varies greatly depending on the age of the child. For the little one’s play, sand and art are the main form of therapy and for the older children,  art, games, psychoeducation, and sand therapy. Our counsellors are trained in a variety of modalities which allows them to meet the child/adolescent where they are at.

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