COUNSELLING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Therapeutic approach with children and young people
Children and young people do not communicate as adults do, so I use different therapeutic approaches when working with them.
I use the same creative techniques that I use with adults - art, sand tray, and play.
Using P.A.C.E (play, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) with creative techniques
helps the children and young people to make sense of what they are feeling and work on the causes for these feelings that are troubling them and develop coping strategies to feel better. By learning strategies your child will be able to recognise when their feelings and anxieties are being triggered and use ways to keep them focused. I have 23 years experience of working with children of all abilities, ages, and diversities.
The length of a session is 30 minutes for children up to 12 years old. Older children will have a 50 minute session.
DO ANY OF THESE FEELINGS OR BEHAVIOURS SOUND FAMILIAR?
If so, I can help.
HAVE YOU NOTICED YOUR CHILD FEELING THESE?
Sad or/and worried
Confused about many things, why do they feel different? Why is my family different? Why am I always being told off or removed from the classroom? Why am I being bullied? Why am I different?
Lonely & isolated
Withdrawn from family and friends and/or feel isolated at home
That they aren’t being heard
That they always being criticised
Grief and loss of loved one, friend or something/one special
Low self-worth, low confidence, feel bad about self
Ill with somatic pains, tummy aches, headaches
ARE ANY OF THESE AFFECTING YOUR CHILD?
Struggling to stay in their lessons or not wanting to go to school
Are they being bullied?
They have regressed – separation anxiety, temper tantrums, bedwetting, excessive anxiety and fearfulness, language regression
Talking about self-harming and engaging in it
Talking negatively about themselves – nobody cares about me, nobody would miss me
Significant change in eating/sleeping habits
Demonstrating negative and/or self-destructive behaviour more frequently
Talking about suicide
Fears & phobias
Constantly seeking information
Being increasingly irritable
Have a loss of interest in usual favourite activities
Have noticeable changes in hygiene and eating
Not knowing how to deal with their behaviour
Experiencing family problems
Have health problems that they can’t understand
Presenting a sudden shift in behaviours and interests
Consequences of Covid
If you can relate to these or notice these in your child, then I can help.