The importance of counselling for children at risk – how does it work?


Abuse and traumatic events can create serious psychological problems in children at risk; problems that can include long-term consequences if they are not treated early. Children react to trauma in different ways. Their response is subjective, but may depend upon the severity of the traumatic event, the length of time the traumatic event is experienced, and whether or not help or support was offered immediately after. Abused and traumatised children often harbour feelings of pain, anger, hurt and betrayal. These problems can then develop into psychological or even physical problems such as substance abuse, personality problems, depression or PTSD, later in life. The key to helping children heal from trauma and abuse is to address their problems early on, through counselling.

Counselling sessions will help children and young people to recognise the problems associated with abuse and trauma, to help analyse the issues they face in their lives and ultimately, assist them to handle those issues in a constructive and healthy manner.

The Wishing Well works to raise money to fund applications for children and young people to seek out the counselling they may need. Counselling sessions are provided with trained counsellors that will work with the child or young person to address their problems, reconnect with their emotions, reclaim their identity and learn to trust again.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person


The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:



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