Children and Young People come in to counselling for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps there are difficulties in family life, such as conflict or parental separation which a child is struggling to come to terms with. Or perhaps school life is a challenge and is causing stress or anxiety. Sometimes friendships can be a struggle and children feel lonely or lacking in confidence. Whatever the reason, I have seen counselling offer a unique opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours without judgement. Counselling can offer hope, help to discover strength and build resilience to cope with life's challenges.
I have experience of working with:
Parental Drug or Alcohol Use
Depression and Anxiety
Children who are Looked After or Accommodated
Children in Kinship Care
I am trained in psychodynamic counselling which means that I aim to help children and young people understand what might be going on below the surface. Through play, art making and talking I help children to make sense of their feelings, experiences and behaviours and as a result encounter healing and positive change.
I see children weekly at the same time each week. The number of sessions offered will depend on each child's individual circumstances.