About Child Counselling
Child Counselling takes a gentle approach to helping children disclose and make sense of their experience in order to work through difficult issues and as an opportunity to learn new skills and behaviours. Many patterns of healthy coping and responding established early in life can provide a solid foundation for later adult life, for functioning well as an individual and in relationships.
How the counsellor works with each child takes account of their stage of development mentally and emotionally, and the kind and level of language that can best connect with them in an age appropriate way.
Issues Of Childhood Experience
The service provides specialised counselling for children struggling with any of a range of issues such as:
- Appears often tearful
- Angry, defiant or lashing out
- Appears withdrawn
- Poor self-confidence
- Bullying or social isolation at school
- Relationship difficulties (such as with peers or family)
- Loss and grief
- Struggling to manage big emotions
- A decline in academic performance
- Self-harm or talk of self-harm
Is The Counsellor A Qualified Practitioner?
Yes. The Counsellor has a university education in counselling and is trained in a variety of counselling modalities, skills and approaches specifically for this work.
What Happens In Sessions?
Sessions are usually up to 40 minutes in length, and often one or more sessions may be needed (though sometimes a single session may suffice).
The first session will usually consist of listening to the parent’s concerns and helping the child feel comfortable and confident to speak for themselves.
Once the child is comfortable with the counsellor, it may be of benefit for them to work with the counsellor alone. Of course, each step along the way is discussed and negotiated with both parent and child.