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Child Assessment

The aim of the Child Assessment (CA) is to evaluate the child’s experience of the different system’s in his/her life and to get a general picture of the child’s social and emotional functioning.  The evaluation will focus on the following aspects:

  1. Family relationships including the child’s experience of the marital relationship
  2. School and peer relationships
  3. Any other relationships important to the child/ influencing the child
  4. Attachment
  5. Screening for trauma including abuse
  6. General evaluation of perceptual and motor functioning
  7. Temperament   


Attachment therapy

The goal of attachment therapy is to strengthen the bond between a parent and a child. Attachment therapy consists of several sessions where the child and parent are instructed to complete activities which strengthens the relationship.



Losing someone close to you is always traumatic and brings along intense feelings of loss and sadness. The same applies to children who has experienced the death of someone close to them. Children of different age groups, experience death differently. Parents do not always realise this, it is therefore important to give your child the opportunity to talk about their feelings of loss and sadness and to help them grieve in their own way. Therapy helps them with this process and can bring relief to a child who lost someone close to them.


Care and contact investigation

A care and/or contact investigation is conducted if there is a dispute concerning the primary residency of a child and/or the contact of a child with a parent or any other relevant person.  The investigation is conducted from a child centred perspective and recommendations are done according to the best interest of the child principle (Section 7 of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005).  A care and contact investigation can be conducted if parents are in the process of a divorce and are disputing the primary residency or contact of a child.  It can also be utilised by unmarried parents who are disputing the primary residency or contact of a child.


Divorce does not only affect the parents but may also have a detrimental effect on the children involved. Children of divorce experience a great sense of loss; not only do they lose their family life as they know it, they also experience other types of losses that parents might not always be aware of; especially if they have to relocate and leave the family home, leaving behind a favourite pet or even friends. Children often blame themselves for their parents’ divorce and can internalise guilt and anger. Divorce therapy helps children to deal with these feelings and to realise that they are not to blame.


Interactional analysis

An interactional analysis is used to evaluate the parent-child relationship and attachment.  It is a structured process where the parent and child are instructed to complete a series of tasks or games which gives the therapist the opportunity to evaluate their interaction.  This process provides the therapist with valuable information concerning the child’s attachment and relationship with parents and/or any other person involved in the interactional analysis.  An interactional analysis is thus useful when making a decision regarding care and contact or alternative placement of a child.  It is also useful if you want to learn more about the parent’s parenting capacity.

Mediation - Parenting plans

A parenting plan is a series of sessions conducted with the parents and can include aspects such as where and with whom the child is to live, maintenance of the child and contact between the child and the co-holders of parental rights and responsibilities, and/or any other relevant person. It can also include topics such as the schooling and religious upbringing of the child. A parenting plan is also used to determine how the responsibilities co-holders of parental rights are exercised.

Mediation does not constitute a care and contact investigation as it is a process where the social worker assists and guide the parents to come to a conclusion regarding their disagreements.

The Children’s Act 38 of 2005 provides for mandatory referral of child centred disputes to mediate (see section 33 (2) of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005). 



Trauma can be defined as anything a child has experienced, that overwhelms their coping mechanism and leaves them with feelings of fear, helplessness, hopelessness, rejection and unworthiness. Trauma therapy assists the child in dealing with such feelings and enables and empowers them to function optimally. Children that can benefit from trauma therapy includes:children who have experienced abuse, children who has experienced domestic violence, robbery, assault, car accidents or even friendships breaking up etc.


Book your session

Click here to book a session or submit a question directly via the website, alternatively email
or phone 082 541 4357

Standard Consulting Fees for 2018 are R640 per session and sessions are an hour each.

Our training venue seats 20, includes a whiteboard, 5 tables and a coffee station. The venue can be booked at R950 per day.

Vita Nova Counselling offers sessions in Pretoria, Pretoria East, Elarduspark.

The practice and training venue is close to Rigel Avenue off the N1. Which makes it easily accessible from Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria North. 


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