Evidence Based Counselling for Children and Teens

At Bright Star Counselling, we provide evidence based therapy in a bright and friendly environment, for children and families who are struggling.


Typical issues that we provide counselling and support for are: 

  • Behavioural issues.

  • Anxiety. 

  • Depression.

  • Physical abuse.

  • Sexual abuse.

  • Witness of tragic event.

  • Custody issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Loss and grief.

  • New school and community adjustment difficulties. 

  • Step parenting.

  • Separation from primary care givers.

  • Relationship/friendship difficulties.

Parenting can be stressful and exhausting for the entire family, in addition to managing daily work, school, family and extra activities. We all want children to be happy and thriving.


Counselling for Children and Teens

Typical signs to look for in a child or teen who can benefit from counselling: 

  • Avoidance or disruption to routine activities.  

  • Changes in sleeping or eating.

  • Excessive worries and anxiety.

  • Unusual fears.

  • Aggressive behaviours.

  • Conflict with peers and/or difficulty/making and keeping friends.

  • Social withdrawal.

  • Tantrums and excessive/intense emotional upsets.

  • Low mood or persistent sadness.

  • Frequent stomachaches, headaches or other physical complaints.

  • School refusal.

  • Reduced academic functioning and/or significant upset at school.

  • Excessive accommodation by parents/caregivers.

  • Increased family stress.

Whether it is short term solution focused counselling or longer term counselling, we build on the strengths of the family. 

Working within a collaborative problem solving framework, our aim is to strengthen the bond between yourself and your child, creating a strong support system.

We follow a child-led approach by using various therapeutic modalities. Some of the modalities we frequently use are:

  • Art and play therapy.

  • Narrative therapy.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

  • Trauma focused CBT.

  • Self-regulation (Schenker method).

  • Social skill (Garcia-Winner).

  • Individual and group therapy.

  • Coping skills.

  • Resilience model.

  • Collaborative problem solving.

  • Relaxation and visualization.

  • Progressive muscle relaxation.


We use these therapeutic processes to allow children to explore their emotions, behaviour and thoughts in a safe and trusting environment. It is then that children are able to express themselves and move towards the ability to self regulate. 

What will happen in the sessions?

When you book your first session, one of our staff members will meet with you and get to hear your story, and how you see your child. You will have the opportunity to speak openly about your child's struggles and strengths, and we will discuss needs and concerns. We will also explain what you can expect from the counselling sessions. 

After this appointment, you may decide to bring your child in for a meeting, or you may feel you received all the information that you need. 

For the next session one of our team members will meet only with your child. As it is important for your child to feel comfortable, we use a child centred approach, where we use puppets, toys, games, art and music as a means to engage your child. Parents are invited to join for the last 10-15 min of the session.

On average, children come to see us for counselling every 2 weeks. Some children attend more or less depending on the treatment plan.