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Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children with Mental Health Disorders

by on 29/01/2019 7927

Many more children are currently struggling with some sort of psychosocial problem or diagnosed with mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Life events like family dysfunction, school stress, online bullying, being the victim of a sexual assault and many other possible reasons could be the cause for blame. It is becoming an issue of real concern as there are many who need help are still left untreated. If untreated, these conditions can adversely affect children’s development and potential to live productively, and can even lead to suicide. In the long run, these can pose as problems to the society with a surge of troubled youngsters.


When to Seek Help?

While a child may grow out of certain symptoms, there are times when it is wise to seek professional diagnosis and treatment. For instance, when the following warning signs persist for a long time and start impacting a child’s functioning and affecting other people:  


Physical Signs

  • Refuses to eat or throws up after eating.
  • Tries to self-harm.
  • Becomes hyperactive and very fidgety.
  • Tenses muscles regularly.

Emotional Signs

  • Unusually anxious, depressed or moody for a long period of time.
  • Becomes angry, extremely sensitive and cries often for no apparent reason.
  • Has compulsive behaviours or obsessive thoughts.

Behavioural Signs

  • Aggressive behaviour that can possibly cause hurt to others.
  • Refuses to go to school and does not want to participate in activities.
  • Stays alone during recess time and avoids social interactions with peers.


What Can You Do as a Parent?

As parents caring for children with mental health conditions, it is important to let them know that they can confide in you at all times. Encourage them to discuss their feelings with you or talk over the things that are bothering them. Be open and available, and let them know that you have all the support for them without judging them.


You do not have to do this alone. To the untrained eye it is confusing to tell the difference between actual symptoms of mental disorders and normal challenges that children experience as part of the growing up process. Arrange to discuss your concerns and access help from a trained professional.


Without question, it is going to be a very challenging time for the ones giving care. So, connecting with support groups will benefit parents enormously.   


Therapy to Help the Struggling Child  

Mental health disorders come in all types and forms, and there is no one-size-fits-all therapy that solves everything. The most common form of treatment emphasizes on therapeutic conversations, exploring feelings and behaviour, then finding the best ways to tackle them from there. The range of approaches may include the following:


  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) works by teaching children to understand that the way they think and feel will affect the way they act and behave. The goal is to find strategies to help them change their destructive thought patterns and be able to control the way they deal with their inner struggles and conflicts.  
  • Play Therapy uses games and activities to assess and resolve the troubling problems facing the child such as temper tantrums, aggressive behaviour and having difficulties sleeping.   
  • Family Therapy works on improving relationship patterns and communication between family members. An important component of this therapy includes helping the parents in child management and problem-solving skills.    

In some cases, the treatment plan may include medication to make it more effective.


Counselling and Psychotherapy Services in Klang Valley

Early identification and intervention are critical to distinguish possible mental health disorders from developmental delays. Listed below are organizations that can help:


SI World

No. 10, Jalan SS 2/52, 
Petaling Jaya, Selangor 47300 

016-225 9828 [Read Review Here]


WELL Rehabilitation Centre

ZV-1-3A & 5, Zeva Residence, Persiaran Pinggiran Putra, 
Bandar Putra Permai, 
Seri Kembangan, Selangor 43300 

013-488 3191 [Read Review Here]


The Energy Source

No. 204, Jalan Limau Manis, 
Bangsar Park, 
Bangsar Kuala Lumpur 59000 

016-260 8895 [Read Review Here]


Think Enrichment Centre

Block E-1-5, Plaza Arkadia,
3, Jalan Intisari Perdana
Desa ParkCity, Kepong,

Kuala Lumpur 52200

03-27710799/012-2677990/016-6606843 [Read Review Here]

Autism Behavioral Center

45E, Bangunan Bangsaria,
Level 3, Jalan Maarof
Bangsar Kuala Lumpur 59100 



Sri Rafelsia 

65 Persiaran Zaaba,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
Kuala Lumpur 60000 




No. 29, Jalan Sanggul 1D,
Bandar Puteri, Klang,
Selangor 42000 



SPICES Early Intervention Centre   

B-0-6 Vista Wira 2, Jalan 4/27A,
Section 2

Wangsa Maju, Setapak,
Kuala Lumpur 53300 



Enrich Counselling & Therapy Centre

17-3, Jalan Puteri 1/6,
Bandar Puteri, 
47100 Puchong,
017-6683702 (Yvonne) 


Ding Psychology Centre

19-B, 2nd Floor,
Jalan SS21/56B,
Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya,

019-2020 318 


InPsych Psychological & Counselling Services  

41-3, (3rd floor), Jalan 1/137B,

Resource Industrial Centre, Jln Klang Lama,

58200 Kuala Lumpur

017-331 1216 


Pantai Therapy Centre

A804, Level 8, Block A,

LCCH Therapy Centre @ Pantai Hospital

59100 Kuala Lumpur

019-328 5928 


Kin & Kids Marriage, Family and Child Therapy Center

10-8, Binjai 8 Premium Soho,

No. 2, Lorong Binjai,

50450 Kuala Lumpur.




5-05-03, Block 5,

VSQ@PJ City Centre,

Jalan Utara,

46200 Petaling Jaya.


019-380 0902