COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN, TEENAGERS AND YOUNG ADULTS
Whilst my original training prepared me to work with adults, I completed additional training to work therapeutically with children and young people. I have extensive experience of working with the 11 to 25 age group achieved by counselling students at a university for four years and currently, in addition to seeing children and young people privately, I previously worked for a charity counselling children and teenagers and am employed as a school counsellor in two secondary schools.
Whilst counselling is often thought of as a ‘talking therapy’, with teenagers our sessions can be more creative as I am able to offer therapeutic drawing, writing and sand tray work. With young children, I use a play therapy approach.
Counselling can give teenagers a chance to talk about things that are important to them, what’s happening at home, at school, with friends and what’s happened in the past – anything that gets in the way of learning at school and feeling good about themselves. Often young people talk to me about problems which they feel unable to discuss with their parents.
Counselling is concerned with demystifying young peoples’ lives, with helping them to understand their feelings and relationships and becoming better able to bear whatever life throws at them – to build up their resilience.
I hold an enhanced DBS check and keep my child protection and safeguarding training up to date.
Parental permission is necessary for anyone under the age of 16.