Counselling for Children
Families and Children Empowered offer private and confidential counselling for Children and Young Person suffering from emotional and behavioural difficulties. We support children through their difficulties they may bring to the sessions.
Children and young person might be experiencing problems at school, issues with their parents or generally not feeling like themselves.
Some examples of how counselling can help children include coping with everyday worries, managing exam stress and overcoming relationship issues with friends, family and teachers. Counselling can also help with grief, depression and anxiety, to name a few. If something is making your child unhappy, however small you or they feel it is, know that it is important.
There is no right or wrong reason for someone to attend counselling. Sometimes it’s good to talk to someone objective like a therapist.
Using child-friendly therapy techniques including games, activities, talking and listening, the team of therapists will work to uncover how your child is feeling, the underlying causes and triggers of their problems and develop strategies to feel better. By learning coping skills and management techniques your child can channel their emotions in more productive ways, and become better at regulating their emotions.
As every child is individual, with their own personality and different levels of maturity, our counselling and therapy is tailored to their particular needs to help them explore and understand their struggles.
Counselling gives the child the opportunity to talk about how they feel without the fear of judgement. Speaking to a counsellor, away from their home and school life can take away some of the pressure. Counselling offers a safe environment for children to express their feelings and understand what may have caused them to feel this way.
The methods used in sessions will depend on the child’s age, situation and development. There are a number of tools that may be used to encourage children to express their feelings better, such as through play and art. Reading stories and talking about the feelings of a specific character can help them understand the emotion and, in turn, encourage them to discuss their own feelings, while drawing, painting or drama can help the child express themselves better.
Older children may prefer talking therapy, or a mixture of both. This is down to the child and the therapist practitioner who will discuss the situation together to learn what method will be most beneficial. Although different methods may be used for child counselling, the aim of counselling for both children and adults is the same; to help the individual cope better with their feelings and to enjoy life again.
The stages of a counselling support package
This will need to be completed and consent obtained from all people who have parental responsibility for your child.