Counselling Children

Little people suffer too, more and more often I am working with children who are suffering from depression and anxiety issues.

This may be a surprise to you especially if you are reading this concerned about your own child, beating yourself up wondering what you have done wrong.

An adults world is pretty scary and as we grow and develop our own personalities. we are absorbing all those external influences and even the most well being saying can be misinterpreted by a developing child.

For example on child came in with his parent with separation anxiety, his well meaning parents had been saying to him throughout his life “dont do that, its dangerous” (like we do to stop our children from hurting themselves etc) but this child had in his mind translated this as anything he did without his parents permission was potentially dangerous, he became more and more anxious as time went on.

Through using Psychotherapuetic techniques I work with the child and with parents present to help understand their world better and themselves reducing anxiety and if they are depressed helping them to focus on positives and turning things around. Recognising that this is normal and there is nothing wrong with them.

Children work very quickly they grasp concepts easily and are open to most ways of working, I am always amazed how quickly they turn things around for themselves.

I have much experience working with Children and Young people and used to be a counsellor at the Zone working with 13 – 25 year olds

There are many reasons a child or young person would benefit from counselling and the list would be exhaustive, but as long as they want to do it, than its a postive thing. I offer a free initial consultation to talk and find out whether this is something that we could do together and to make sure they are happy working with me.

I am a member of the BACP and follow their ethical guidelines, I am also enhanced CRB checked to work with children and vunerable adults. I have completed my Child protection training with Plymouth City Council.