Children, Young People and Families


Counselling children and young people is different from counselling adults, so I use a flexible, creative and experiential approach to encourage children to express themselves. This may involve using art materials to draw, paint, write or make things; using the sand tray to represent their understanding of the world, using images, stories, music, role play, or playing games. 

It is essential to build a relationship of trust, so the young person is able to feel comfortable and safe to express how they feel. Working together, we find some practical ways for them to manage their emotions and feelings. 
I am a trained Mindfulness teacher with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and I often teach children and young people simple Mindfulness exercises to help with anxiety. I also use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)  to help them to make sense of their thoughts, feelings, sensations and behaviour.

With younger children, I have an initial meeting with the parents to gain a fuller understanding of the issues before working with the child. I can also work with parent and child together, or with the whole family.

Child related issues may include:

low mood/depression
emotional, physical, sexual abuse
anxiety, panic attacks
bereavement
behaviour/anger issues
bullying
identity/gender
issues around food/eating
family issues
friendships
lack of confidence
low self esteem
learning difficulties
self harm
stress
Issues affecting young people with Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, Dyslexia

Fees:
Children age 9 – 16: £40 for 45-55 minutes

Parent and child together and family work: £50-60 for 55 minutes

An additional fee of £5 will be added for appointments starting at 6pm or later



A limited number of consessions are available, so please ask