For Children & Young People

Counselling

What does counselling mean?

Counselling is a chance for you to talk about something that is affecting the way you feel. Some of the issues that you may see a counsellor for include: worries at home, in school or with friends; bullying; family problems; relationship difficulties; low self esteem/ confidence; bereavement; self harm; sexuality; anger / aggression; self-harm.

Counselling can give you a regular and confidential space to talk about the worries or problems you are experiencing.

How can counselling help?

Sometimes talking to our friends or family is not enough. Talking to a counsellor who is trained to listen and who is outside your situation can give you support in a safe place as well as the time and space for you to talk about difficult things. Working with a trained counsellor can help you make sense of what is happening in your life, sort out what you feel or work out what’s important. Counselling can also help you find your strengths and build on them so that you can make better choices for yourself.

Exploring problems and difficulties in a confidential setting, with regular appointments over a period of time can often help to gain new and different viewpoints. This can lead to changes in how you feel about yourself, your relationships with others, how you think and how you behave.

How can I see a counsellor?

If you feel that you would like to work with one of our counsellors you or your parent/ carer will need to speak to your doctor, school nurse, teacher or other professional who will arrange an appointment.

What will happen when I see a counsellor?

If you are under 16 you will first meet the counsellor with your parent or carer to make sure you feel comfortable talking to them. If you feel you would like to talk to the counsellor again on your own this can be arranged. We would offer you up to 10 sessions of one-to-one counselling, each one would normally last approx 50 mins.

You can expect to be helped by a supportive and non-judgmental counsellor either at a CCAMHS base near your home, or occasionally in school. What you talk to the counsellor about is private; however there may be times when we may need to share serious worries or concerns with others who need to know. Your counsellor will always tell you if they need to break your confidence in order to keep you safe.

How the counselling actually happens depends on your age and needs. Younger children may like to use some of the therapeutic toys and materials in our play therapy rooms to help them express their feelings; older children and young people may find that artwork is helpful. Some people simply prefer to talk. In this way, we try to help you to explore difficult feelings, to understand them and to find a way towards feeling better.

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