Therapy for Children

Our Creative Counselling Supports for Children

Illness in a family causes disruption for the family as a whole and can be a stressful time for children.

ARC's Child Counselling Service supports children age 4+. Our service supports children with a cancer diagnosis and their siblings, and children with a parent/carer with a cancer diagnosis.

Our developmentally appropriate Play and Art Therapy Supports help children work through emotional, social and behavioural difficulties and helps address family problems arising from cancer. It uses the mediums of play and art, rather than talk, to help the child learn to express themselves, explore and make sense of the world in which they live and resolve any difficult or painful experiences.


Beautiful psycologist and blond toddler girl doing therapy building tower using plastic blocks at kindergarten

How can Child Therapy help?

Play and Art has been proven to be vital for every child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language development. Our therapists use a variety of approaches, interventions, media and activities appropriate to the individual child’s needs.

Play is the natural language of children and enables complex thoughts and feelings, ideas and perceptions to be brought into focus.

Children can work through traumatic or difficult life’s experiences. Through play and art they can make sense of their experience and cope better with their future. Children may also learn to manage relationships and conflicts in more appropriate ways. It provides the child with emotional support while the child learns to understand more about their own thoughts and feelings.

How we work

We work in a systemic and child-centred way – working with children within the context of their family, home and any other significant environment or system of which they are part. Parents and family members are supported and encouraged to be active in this process so the skills learned by the child can be carried over at home.

 To register your child for our Children's Therapy Supports email or Call us on 01 215 0250. All our Services are FREE of charge and open to those diagnosed with cancer, as well as their loved ones.

What Can Play Therapy Help With?

Five years old boy playing at the psychotherapy session.
  • Anxiety

  • Emotional or behavioural issues

  • Communication difficulties

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Family disruptions, e.g. illness 

  • Trauma

  • Bereavement or loss

  • Chronic illness or hospitalisation 

  • Bonding or attachment issues

  • All of our services are free-of-charge

Call us today on 01 215 0250