Counselling Children and Young People
Children and young people can often find themselves in difficult situations with nowhere to turn. It is not always easy to talk to a parent or guardian and situations can often become worse as the young person withdraws. It is extremely important to give children the space to express their emotions in a non-judgemental yet supportive environment.
I am a qualified child counsellor and currently offer therapy to children and young people from the age of seven. Sessions are usually carried out at school where the child feels comfortable. The content of sessions are not disclosed to parents, guardians or teachers unless either asked to do so by the client, or where there is requirement to impart information to a court or in cases where safeguarding exceptions apply.
It can often be very difficult for a parent to support a child through counselling, especially when the child does not wish to share their experience. In many cases, the anonymity and impartiality of a counsellor can encourage a child to share their emotions and feelings without the fear of upsetting their loved ones or the fear of reprimand. Many young people develop a stronger family bond as a result of counselling.
Those children aged thirteen to sixteen who do not pass the Gillick Competency Test , (the test used to determine maturity) will be asked to attend their assessment with a parent or guardian who can countersign their contract. Young people under the age of sixteen should be escorted to and from their sessions by a responsible adult.