Child & Family Counselling

Our Child & Family Counseling Service is designed to offer support to pre-school and school age children, adolescents and their families. Counseling input can be stand-alone or in conjunction with speech therapy / physiotherapy / occupational therapy.

At SPOT we believe that a holistic approach to child development, well-being and health involves not just the whole-child but the whole family as well.

Every child is unique, and so it is important to be flexible and tailor-make the counseling process to meet the specific needs of each individual child. An integrative approach to child therapy will always listen carefully to the needs of each individual child and adapt the counseling process accordingly.

Signs your child may benefit from therapy include:

• behavioural problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)

• a significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades

• episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression

• social withdrawal or isolation

• being the victim of bullying or bullying other children

• decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities

• overly aggressive behavior (such as biting, kicking, or hitting)

• sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)

• insomnia or increased sleepiness

• excessive school absenteeism or tardiness

• mood swings (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next)

• development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor

• management of a serious, acute, or chronic illness

• signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)

• problems in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)

• bereavement issues

• therapy following sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or other traumatic events

• developmental delay in speech, language, or toilet training

• learning or attention problems (such as ADD or ADHD)

• support for siblings of children with special needs

(This list was adapted from www.kidshealth.org).

As a parent you may consider therapy for yourself for the following reasons:

• help and support for parenting

• anger management – identifying ‘triggers’ and how to diffuse them

• acceptance of your child’s unique needs profile

• dealing with childhood issues that affect parenting today

• excessive anxiety / difficulty with perspective

• difficulties with extended family

• emotional regulation.

Bereavement Support

The loss of a loved one is a deeply challenging experience for families, and individuals experience and express grief in different ways and in their own time. For example, for some people, especially children, loss or bereavement can be experienced as profound abandonment. Grief is also expressed in a variety of ways, including feeling overly anxious, crying, withdrawal, disinterest in food, or disruptive behaviour at school or home. Emotional trauma can interrupt a child’s developmental trajectory unless dealt with in a timely and sensitive manner.

At SPOT we are aware that financial pressure can also be an additional stressor when a family loses a parent. Therefore SPOT offers free bereavement counselling to English speaking families in Hong Kong who have lost a parent. By helping caregivers become attuned to their family member’s experience and expression of grief as well as model healthy and open expressions of their own grief, coping with the loss of a loved one can be improved, along with overall family health and functioning. Please e-mail Andrew Stock for more information. andrew.stock@spot.com.hk

 
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Our Occupational Therapist helped me think about what I could do at home and at school to compliment what was happening at SPOT. Her sessions are well structured . She also makes the sessions a lot of fun and developed a strong friendship bond with my child.

Connie