Counselling can help children and young people with worries and difficulties they are experiencing. Talking as well as activities such as play, art-making, music and mindulness can help with putting words to thoughts and feelings. Expressing these help with worries but also can help a child or young person feel better about themselves and consider ways to manage some of their worries.
Often a responsible adult will make contact on behalf of a child or young person. I will speak with them over the phone or in person to get insight into the concerns. I will then arrange a time to meet with the young person. The responsible adult will sometimes attend this appointment if the young person wishes them to. With younger children, responsible adults may attend for the first first few sessions or part sessions until they are comfortable staying on their own.
I will discuss with both the responsible adult and the child/young person what to expect from each other and we agree this.
If you have any questions about the use of play or art-making in counselling children and young people, please let me know as I can direct you to sources of information.