As parents/guardians, you might sometimes wonder if your child would benefit from counselling. That’s completely normal, as you want the best for your child but you may have noticed some behavioural changes and are now wondering if there is something that can be done to help your child.
First of all, all teenagers have emotional ups and downs as they grow from childhood into adulthood. This is partly hormonal and partly trying to figure out their place in society. Some moodiness, social difficulties, and dips in academic performance are all normal bumps on the road to adulthood. Normal developmental challenges will sometimes pose difficulties for your child and will require him/her to learn new skills and new perspectives.
Most of the challenges can be overcome by being supportive, listen to your teen and ensure they know that you accept them as they are. Often parents want to “fix” whatever the problem may be, and that’s understandable. However, phrases such as “I know things can be tough, I’m here if you need me” or “I see this is really tough for you”, validate how your child feels will make them feel heard and therefore more likely to open up about the things that worry them.
However, there are times when professional help is needed, and I have put together a list of some of the signs that may require professional help.