FAQs on Children counseling
Q. Why do people see a child psychologist at ePsyClinic?
A. Sometimes kids like adults, can benefit from therapy. Many kids need help dealing with school stress, such as homework, test anxiety, bullying, or peer pressure. Others need help to discuss their feelings about family issues, particularly if there's a major transition, such as a divorce, move, or serious illness. Therapy basically can help kids develop problem-solving skills and also teach them the value of seeking help. Therapists can help kids and families cope with stress and a variety of emotional and behavioural issues.
Q. Do you prescribe medication?
A. No I am not a physician, and cannot prescribe medication. If I feel that your child is
under a problem for which some kind of medication might be helpful, I will talk with you about why I think so, and will then discuss options for obtaining medical consultation, usually starting with your child’s regular doctor. Of course, whether or not your child should take medication for any kind of problem (including physical illness) is a decision that only you can make, after talking to your child’s physician.
Q. Online Counselling seems like a western approach, how will it work in India?
A. Counselling is neither western nor eastern. It is beyond culture and religion. Counselling, by definition, works with the individual’s own culture and background and the basic principles of counselling are universal therefore can be applied to people from all cultures.
Q. What if the counsellor provides wrong advice?
A. Counsellors are ethically bound to be unbiased, non-judgemental and neutral. However counsellors are human too, and if any bias comes across, they are required to work on their biases with their supervisor. Since counsellors don’t provide any advice, there is no scope of ‘wrong advice’. The counsellor at best could provide suggestions or recommendations, at a much later stage in counselling, where one has understood your context and situation very well. However, any suggestion made by a counsellor cannot be forced upon you. It is up to you to consider it or not.
Q. How can a third person (who doesn’t know me) help me out with my problem?
A. The reason counselling is effective is because the counsellor is a third person. This enables the counsellor to be neutral, objective and non-judgemental about of you.
Q. What Will the Appointment Be Like?
A. For a parent/child:-Don't worry that you need to know exactly what's bothering you. You may just be feeling bad about some experiences and that's OK. The counsellor will try to help you figure out what's going on. When you do, he or she will have ideas for how to make things better.
Q. What Are the Benefits of online Therapy?
A. Online therapy provides accessibility to individuals of all strata’s around the globe. Online therapy is usually fairly affordable and at your time and place convenience. The Internet makes mental health information more accessible. People may feel comfortable talking to friends and family about health care issues, but may not feel the same discussing mental health concerns.
Because you will be dealing with difficult topics in therapy, sometimes this may bring temporary discomfort. It is common to feel emotionally or physically tired after a therapy session due to experiencing stronger than usual emotions. It may help to schedule some time after a session to be alone or to do something you enjoy or to allow you or your child time to process things that were discussed. As internal thoughts or feelings begin to change, this in turn can have positive effects on relationships with others. These changes are usually positive but may require some adjustment for those around you. Any issues of concern can usually be resolved by expressing these in subsequent sessions and working closely together.
Q. Which of the areas of children related problems are covered?
A. • Abusive & Violent Behaviour
• Anger & Defiance
• Backtalk & Attitude
• Arguing & Fighting
• Power Struggles
• Substance Abuse & Risky Behavior
• Sibling Rivalry
• Yelling & Swearing
• Outbursts & Temper Tantrums
• School & Homework
• Technology & Kids
Q. What is Parent Counselling and how can it help?
A. Parent counselling is a way for .you to reduce your stress levels and to increase your sense of confidence when interacting with your child. You will be supported in identifying and expressing your feelings related to your child's difficulties so that these feelings will not interfere with your parenting. You can learn new parenting skills and behaviour management strategies. You will be supported in dealing with other issues causing stress in your life that may be impacting on your ability to help your child
Q. How do I know when my child needs professional counselling?
A. There are few symptoms that will help in monitoring:- Is my child experiencing prolonged and intense discomfort? Is your child stuck in some way, or feeling or behaving in a manner that is causing you or other family members distress?Your child may show his or her distress by withdrawing. Although the behaviour may not be causing a great deal of problems in the family, you may be very worried about your child. Symptoms may appear at school that are related to experiences at home.
Q. How many counselling sessions will my child or our family need?
A. Usuallty it takes about 6-10 sessions. The length of therapy depends on many factors including the complexity of the problem, the length of time the problem has existed, the developmental age of your child, and the additional supports that may be in place for your child and family. As therapy proceeds, we will review your goals regularly to ensure that you are satisfied with the progress being made.
Q. Is everything I say in the counselling sessions confidential?
A. Yes, any personal information you share with me is kept confidential, even after the counselling relationship comes to an end. The following are exceptions where we may be obligated by provincial laws to share information:
Ø Information is shared by you or your child indicating that a child is, or may be, at risk of abuse or neglect, or in need of protection;
Ø Information is shared that causes me concern for your or your child’s safety; that you or another person is at clear risk of imminent harm.