What We Do:
We provide counselling for children and young people between the ages of 4 and 18.
How We Work:
We believe that responding positively to children and young people experiencing emotional distress will have a beneficial impact on their future mental and emotional wellbeing.
We offer 12 sessions of counselling which are client-led and carried out within an age-appropriate approach; younger children may like to use some of the therapeutic toys and materials, whilst older children and young people may find that the use of artwork is helpful, or sometimes our clients simply prefer to talk. In this way, we try to help children and young people to talk about their difficult feelings, to understand them and to find a way towards feeling better. Although we do not offer family therapy, we do aim to support the family during the counselling process, and to involve parent/s in their child’s therapy. For children up to the age of 13, we do require the parent/carer to remain on the premises throughout the therapy session. Each session usually lasts between 45-60 minutes.
Our Service is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and all counsellors adhere to and work within the BACP Ethical Framework. All therapists have enhanced CRB clearance and work in accordance with our Child Protection Policy. Each counsellor is qualified at least to diploma level in general counselling and in addition is trained to work with children and young people. All therapists participate in a robust supervision programme.
Who We Work With:
We offer counselling to children and young people from the age of 4 to 18, and whenever possible we like to work in close collaboration with each client’s parents/carers.
How to Access the Service:
Referrals can be made to our Service by a GP or other professional such as Health Visitors, Teachers etc. The referral will go to the Single Point of Access within the local CAMHS team, who will then make contact with us for provision of counselling.