Children between 3 and 12 years old

Listed below are instances [non-exclusive], when a child would benefit from a consultation with a psychologist:

  • Behavioral changes
  • School/ Educational difficulties
  • Nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Self esteem issues
  • Identity problems
  • Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity
  • Intimidation
  • Relationships: Personal/ Family problems
  • Parental Divorce/ Separation
  • Enuresis/ Encopresis
  • Chronic or/and serious illness, or a parent with a severe illness
  • Self Mutilation/ Suicide attempt
  • Violence
  • Victims of Sexual Abuse
psychologue pour enfants

The working method adopted is to dedicate the first session to allow the child to understand precisely, by experimenting, what the meetings are made of and what purpose they have. This evaluation period will identify the therapeutic goals for the child and his parents.

 

The main tools when used with children which may help them express their unease, are drawing, games, play dough and reading books appropriate to their age.

Drawing and imagination can express the child’s internal world. These tools are a way to access their internal world of anxieties and conflicts.

For this age group, parental involvement is essential; periodically, a session is devoted to parents in order to keep them informed of the progress of their child’s therapy, and to help them overcome their own difficulties.

Trust and parental consent are essential. The therapist is there to assist but not to replace parenting.

The parents’ accession to the therapeutic project, also helps to mitigate the conflict of loyalty usually felt by the child.

Finally for children in this age group projective and psychometric tests can be performed either at the request of schools, or on medical prescription. As far as the availability can allow it, either I personally perform these tests, or I orient the family to another psychologist.