Life skills counselling

What is life skills counselling?

Children don’t naturally know how to make good choices. Life skills help children know what to do in everyday situations as well as how to make good decisions about more abstract, long-term choices. If you work with your child to teach her life skills, you prepare her to manage peer pressure and make good decisions as she grows into adulthood.

Counselling aims to help people cope better with situations they are facing. This involves helping the individual to cope with their emotions and feelings and to help them make positive choices and decisions. Counselling is an approach for assisting people during and in the immediate aftermath of a pandemic, to reduce initial distress, and to encourage short and long-term adaptive functioning. Counselling does not assume that all clients will develop severe problems or long-term difficulties in recovery. Instead, it is based on an understanding that pandemic clients and others affected by such events will experience a broad range of early reactions (for example, physical, psychological, behavioural, spiritual). The main aims of counselling is to ease distress, assist with current needs and promote coping skills, NOT to solve the problems for the client.

When assisting children at my practice I often help them to deal with or learn basic life skills that are important in their everyday interactions with others.

These life skills are basic but provide children with clear guidelines for dealing with specific situations and include;

  • Basic self-image guidance
  • Problem solving skills
  • Dealing with peer group pressure
  • Communication skills and
  • Conflict management

These skills are combined with basic cognitive behaviour counselling.


Cognitive behavioural therapy (also known by its abbreviation, CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behaviour that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy. It was originally designed to treat depression, but is now used for a number of conditions.

It works to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking and behaviour.

The name refers to behaviour therapycognitive therapy, and therapy based upon a combination of basic behavioural and cognitive principles. This technique acknowledges that there may be behaviours that cannot be controlled through rational thought, but rather emerge based on prior conditioning from the environment and other external and/or internal stimuli. CBT is “problem focused” (undertaken for specific problems) and “action oriented” (therapist tries to assist the client in selecting specific strategies to help address those problems), or directive in its therapeutic approach. It is different from the more traditional, psychoanalytical approach, where therapists look for the unconscious meaning behind the behaviours and then diagnose the patient.

CBT is effective for a variety of conditions, including Anxiety, ADD/HD, and Anger.