Children & Adolescents
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 some young people with ADHD and Aspergers. 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:
Grief and loss
support and information.
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 below from the young people we have worked with.:
" It really helped me to understand and not be worried" - Age 11
" Working through problems to see a possible solution" Age 18
"I had really low self esteem and bad low confidence and it's helped me to think more positively, chill out more and use the techniques I was given" -Age 14
"It's a really good feeling when you off
load" - Age 14
"I've been able to tell someone what has happened and about the problems I have at school which has helped me not to react and to walk away"
"Discussing possibilities & opportunities and looking at things from a fresh perspective"
"It helped with friendship problems and my courage. It helped to talk and taught me how to solve problems" - Age 11
"Realising how much I'd changed, realising who I was before and becoming more me again" -Age 14
"Knowing it's private and time to think. Getting everything out" - Age 14