Children’s emotional worlds, like all of ours, affect everyday lives and we promote positive mental health by encouraging children to face a problem, talk about it and develop independent thinking, resilience and greater autonomy through belief in themselves.
By giving children tools needed to cope and steer their way through school and beyond, children who present as angry, anxious or depressed are able to find ways to ease the distress and regulate their behaviours to much more positive and rewarding ones.
One in eight children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood.
50% of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14.
Among teenagers, rates of depression and anxiety have increased by 70% in the past 25 years.
NHS England estimates that poor mental health costs the economy, NHS and society £105 billion a year in England.
We are passionate about helping children and young people to access the support and the tools needed to improve their lives .
Many young people struggle with mental health conditions and challenges in life, from bullying to grief and loss. Counselling provides the opportunity and the safe environment, away from their school or home life, where they often can feel less pressure and share their concerns, worries and stories.
We use varying methods to help them express themselves, depending on their age, situation, and development. This may include play, art, drawing, sand tray, or figures as metaphors , or older children may prefer talking therapy or a mixture of both.
We are able to work intuitively with the young people and their needs and find what works for them, within the sessions.
We have worked with young people with ADHD and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) They have been able to focus better with sensory objects and have sometimes needed more space or to walk around in sessions.
Common areas young people are affected by are:
We monitor and evaluate our work as counsellors throughout sessions. This is able to show that children are receiving therapeutic support which brings about a happier and more resilient child, with better coping skills. In reviewing our work, we are able to make sure the young person is making progress and working in a way that is best supporting them.
A few of our evaluation comments are on the Feed Back page from the young people we have worked with.:
Grief and loss