Counselling can help with:
- Family and step-family relationships
- Emotional problems
- Behavioural problems
- Parental separation/divorce
- Self esteem
- Stress and anxiety
- Peer relationships
and many other difficulties/issues
Sometimes children and young people may need extra support if they are finding it difficult to deal with or understand their emotions and/or behaviour. Some children and young people, or their families, may decide to seek further help in the form of counselling.
The aim of counselling for young people is to help them to manage and cope better with their emotions and feelings.
Counselling for children and young people will depend on the child’s age, specific difficulties and their developmental stage.
Different methods may be used to encourage young children to be able to express their difficulties, such as play and art. For example, reading stories and talking about feelings of a character in that story may help the child to discuss their own feelings, or drawing/painting/drama may help children to express themselves.
Older children may prefer talking therapy, or a mixture of both, and the counselling approach will depend on a particular individual.
How Counselling can help
Counselling children and young people involves helping the child to develop a positive attitude to life, to recognise their strengths and express themselves.
It does not involve making decisions for the child, imposing beliefs on them or preaching.
Counselling allows the young person to explore their difficulties and emotions in a safe, contained environment.