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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Children and young people are facing an increasing number of challenges and sometimes they need some extra support to work through them.


Whether it is a specific event or a combination of factors causing distress, counselling can be a valuable tool to enable them to explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

As a parent or caregiver, it may not always be clear what is causing your child's unhappiness, but counselling can help to identify underlying issues and provide guidance on how to address them. The goal is to empower children with the skills and tools they need to navigate challenges and build resilience.

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I understand that as a parent, you want the best for your child. Sometimes, however, it can be challenging to see your child struggling with their emotions. The good news is that counselling can provide a safe and supportive environment for them to express themselves freely and work through their challenges. Counselling can help your child understand their emotions better, develop healthy coping skills, and build the emotional resilience they need to thrive both now and in the future. With counselling, your child can learn to manage their emotions and enjoy a more fulfilling life.

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It's common for children to feel like they're the only ones going through a particular problem, leading to feelings of isolation, shame, and abnormality. Counselling can be an incredibly powerful tool in helping children understand their emotions and behaviours as responses to difficulties in their lives.

Did you know that 10% of children and young people between the ages of 5 and 16 have a diagnosable mental health problem? Unfortunately, only 30% of these children have access to appropriate interventions at an early age, leading to long-term issues. By age 14, 50% of mental health problems are established, and by age 24, that number jumps to 75%.

That's why giving children the time and space to explore their worries and develop healthy coping mechanisms is so important. It not only makes them happier now, but also equips them with invaluable skills for the future.

I create a neutral and confidential space for children to talk about themselves without fear of judgment or blame. Each child sets the agenda for sessions, and together, we work through their concerns with a variety of techniques. By encouraging children to express themselves, we can help them build resilience and a greater understanding of their own emotions.

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Every child is unique and may respond differently to various therapeutic approaches. Therefore, the tools and techniques used during sessions will be tailored to the child's age, development, and personal situation.
For younger children, play and art-based interventions can be particularly effective. Engaging in imaginative play, drawing, or painting can help them externalise their emotions and express themselves in a way that feels safe and natural. Additionally, using stories or puppets can help children identify with characters who are experiencing similar emotions, leading to a better understanding of their own feelings.
For older children and adolescents, techniques like journaling, creative writing, and art may be used to encourage self-expression and reflection. These methods can help them gain insight into their thoughts and feelings and explore different ways of coping with difficult situations.
Whatever approach is used, the focus is always on creating a safe and supportive environment for them to explore their emotions and develop healthy coping skills.

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Children can face a variety of challenges that can cause them to feel overwhelmed and unhappy. These challenges can range from everyday worries to more complex issues like grief, depression, anxiety, learning difficulties, and even self-harm concerns.

At times, children may not be able to articulate their struggles or even understand why they feel a certain way. Whether your child is experiencing exam stress, bullying, difficulties at school, or relationship issues with friends, family, or teachers, counselling can provide them with the support they need to work through these challenges. It can also help them develop a stronger sense of self and claim a space for themselves emotionally.

No matter how big or small the challenge, counselling can be a valuable tool for your child's emotional wellbeing. There is no right or wrong reason for your child to attend counselling - sometimes, it's just good to talk to someone objective and gain more guidance. Remember, if something is making your child unhappy, it's important to seek support.


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PRACTICALITIES

Counselling will take place in a dedicated counselling room, designed to help your child feel comfortable and at ease. Depending on their age, they may attend counselling with you or may prefer to attend alone.

Our location is just a few minutes' walk from Birkdale Village. For parents of children aged 14 or under, we kindly request that you remain in the vicinity during your child's session in case they wish to finish early.

Your child won't need to bring anything special to their session. Please know that your child's privacy and comfort is our top priority, and we respect their decision whether or not to share any of their work with you. They may choose to bring home any creations they make during their counselling, such as artwork, or they may leave them here.


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