Child psychologists claim that the ages of 3 years and 11 years is an imprint period. This means that childhood experiences between these ages are likely to have an impact on who that child becomes, how they feel, behave and represent the world to themselves in later life. This is why it is extremely important that a child is given the opportunity to understand their feelings and emotions. Failure to do so, could lead to that child growing up and feeling unable to ever achieve their full potential.
As if handling the hormonal and bodily changes wasn’t enough to tackle, teenagers typically encounter pressure to succeed at school as well as the social uncertainties which come with the transition to adulthood. As a result, many youngsters find this one of the most arduous periods of their life. Left un-checked, the weight of these countless pressures can frequently leave a mark by damaging the teen’s confidence and self-esteem, and leading to a feeling of “not being good enough”.
Common problems include:
– Exam stress e.g. 11+ examinations, GCSE’s or specialist subject exams.
– Lack of Confidence caused by natural shyness or life experiences.
– Low Self Esteem e.g. self-doubt, lack of assertiveness, negative beliefs, sensitivity.
– Phobias From mild fears to sheer terror.
– Bereavement- remember this can be a confusing time for children, they may react to the emotions of others who are close to them or may experience a deep loss for someone/something that may be regarded as minor by others around them.
– Parents Divorce or any other kind of changes in home life can also cause disruption to an ordinarily balanced emotional state.
Children are much easier patients than adults as their minds are more open to the idea of improvement. They have not received the same conditioning from life that adults have. This means that results occur much more quickly when working with children. We ask parents to support their child throughout their treatment in a variety of ways, and this may involve others within the family behaving or reacting in new ways. Since we usually work alone with the child after the initial consultation involving the child and parent(s) we are able to build up good rapport with the child, and this way the child will usually express themselves a little better when their parents are not around. This is because when the parents are in the room, they would tend to let their parents do most of the talking and thinking.
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