Important note: We are currently receiving an unprecedented number of requests for child and family therapy. We have limited capacity and, therefore, might not offer an appointment as quickly as either of us would like. We are doing our best to accommodate the increased demand and appreciate your patience in this troublesome time.
Counselling for children
Children of all ages can suffer from many of the same mental health issues as adults, and counselling can make a massive difference.
What difficulties can counselling address?
Just like adults, children can present with a wide range of issues including:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- School and other phobias
- Depression and low mood
- Bed-wetting and similar regressive behaviours
- Low self-confidence/self-esteem
- Bullying: being bullied or bullying others
- Anger / Behavioural difficulties
- Communication problems
- Bereavement and loss
- Trauma and abuse
- Difficulty adjusting to / managing change
- Family problems
- Breakup and Divorce
This list is far from exhaustive. If the difficulty your child is struggling with is not listed here, please contact us. We can work with most child and family issues.
Who can refer a child?
We can take referrals from parents/guardians and other professionals (such as teachers, doctors, social workers, etc.) with the parent’s written consent. Older children can also self-refer.
Unfortunately, we do not have a play therapist available at this time, so we cannot currently accept referrals for children under eight years of age.
What happens then?
We invite the child, along with their parent(s)/carer(s) to an initial session. During that session, we would collect information such as contact details and some information about your family. Then, the parent or carer leaves, and therapy continues with the child alone. At the end of the session, the carer or parent returns to collect the child.
With family/group therapy, the parent(s) would usually stay throughout the session. However, it is also appropriate for some individual sessions within family therapy.
What happens during counselling?
Working with children involves ‘play with a purpose’. The child plays with toys or other objects, drawing, painting or doing other creative work. They might also use other means of expression to communicate and explore their difficulties. Some older children may prefer to talk for most or all of the time. The format of the session follows the needs of the child.
Most sessions last 30 to 50 minutes, though younger children may prefer shorter sessions, initially. Again, the needs of the child are paramount, and we adapt session times according to the child’s age, attention span and situation.
How long will it take?
It’s impossible to say in advance how any individual child will respond to therapy so we can’t predict how many sessions your child will need. However, we would generally expect to see significant progress within 16 to 20 sessions.
When can you see us?
We always try to offer appointments as soon as we can and, ideally, within two weeks. However, we have limited capacity and, therefore, might cannot always offer an appointment as quickly as we would like.
What does it cost?
We show our current rates on our fees page. All our prices are negotiable according to your circumstances, and discounts are available for pre-paid sessions.
How can I make a referral?
Do you offer counselling in schools/home visits?
We can offer a counselling service to schools and other similar organisations and would consider home visits on a case-by-case basis.