Children and Adolescents
“Enter into children’s play and you will ﬁnd the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet.”
Is your child getting angry? Not fitting in with school or establishing friends? Seems anxious? Or just stopped talking to the family? Children are complex and supporting them is challenge. It is easy to blame ourselves, but more likely that underneath the behaviour is something hidden they are trying to manage and are unable to put into words: and this could be something very simple. Unlike adults, children find it hard to identify feelings or verbalise them. They can find it harder to engage in counselling, as they need to develop trust first to feel they can begin to explore what is going on for them. It can be hard as a parent to know what is going on or even get them to talk about how they feel. Most of the time they do not even know how to or know how they feel. That is where I can help. Using the person-centred model, with some creative ideas, including, art and play, as well some good old-fashioned humour. I can help the child find their words, discover their feelings and find their voice. I will work with you (parents) as much as confidentiality will allow (more information on this during our initial meet) and I will be in regular contact and have agreed reviews to discuss any changes, and how working together could benefit your child. I also offer family sessions towards the end of my sessions with your child, for us all to discuss any strategies or information.
Or are you a teen, feeling angry? low? anxious? not sure who to speak to or even how to approach how you feel? It is difficult being a child, never mind being a teenager, or a parent. If you are a teenager and wanting some support then get in touch, as I know how hard it can be trying to get through everything that is ‘life’ when transitioning to adulthood and trying to figure out who you are and where you fit. If you are over 13, you are able to access counselling through me and request discretion.
Resources and helpline numbers available via my blog