Counselling a Child

Counselling a Child




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Counselling a Child

Counselling a child in itself has several challenges to the councillor. The main challenge is understanding the condition of the child. At times knowing if the child is sick or not so that an appropriate measure is take is slightly difficult. This will make the counsellor focus on some other areas rather than treatment of the child. The other main challenge in counselling a child is getting to understand the source of the child’s psychological problem. Children young are not in a position of explaining what exactly their problem is. This gives counsellor hard time trying to figure out what their problem could exactly be. Many children are shy at their young age and may be shy in explaining exactly what their issue could be so that they can be counselled accordingly (Sharry, 2004). This possess a great challenge as the child could be undergoing a lot more trauma that previously underestimated.

Children grow up and develop in different environments and this will affect the child’s development in one way or the other. Some children are brought up in abusive families and they will tend to do the same when they are growing and developing. Families that are used to abusing drugs also play a great role in affecting the normal development of the child. Children will not always get the requisite attention they so desire from their parents and also the needs that they do when growing up as asserted by (Sharry, 2004). This possibly leads to making the child addicts at a very young age. School drop outs is also possibly the outcome of such a family and the route they will take. Nowadays there is an increase in the number of single parents out there. These children face the social urge of having a complete family like any other out there. They will grow lacking full parenthood and will adversely be affected when they are growing up by this social dynamic.

Apostle Paul puts it clearly the many differences that exist in our day to day life out there and makes many learning counsellors know and understand the dynamics that exist out there. Different situations put forward will lead to the different modes and level of counselling. At some level, the children might require a totally different way of raising up and will be put for adoption. Some might require counselling for both parents/guardians and children .This advises us as adult counsellors on ways to appropriately handle different situations we are presented with.


Sharry, J. (2004). Counselling children, adolescents and families a strengths-based approach. London: SAGE Publications.

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