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 be addressed?
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. The chances are that it’s something we are able to work with.
Who can refer a child?
We are able to 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.
What happens then?
The child will be invited, along with their parent(s) / carer(s) to an initial session where basic details will be taken. Once everything has been agreed, the parent leaves and therapy continues with the child. At the end of the session, the parent returns to collect the child. In the case of family/group therapy, the parent(s) would usually stay throughout the session.
What happens during counselling?
Working with children involves ‘play with a purpose’. The child is invited to play with toys or other objects, to draw, paint or do other creative work, or to use other means of expression to communicate and explore their difficulties. Some older children may prefer to talk for some 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, to begin with. Again, the needs of the child are paramount and session times are adapted 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 say how many sessions your child will need. However, most difficulties can be addressed within 16 to 20 sessions.
When can you see us?
We can normally offer an appointment within a day or two, subject to mutual availability.
What does it cost?
Our fees for children are currently £50 per session and from £60 per session for families/groups. Like all our rates, these are negotiable according to your circumstances and discounts are available for pre-paid sessions.
How can I make a referral?
Just call us on 0151 601 2145 or email enquiries@counselling matters.org.uk to book an appointment or for further information.
Do you offer counselling in schools/home visits?
We are willing to offer a counselling service to schools and other similar organisations and will consider home visits on a case-by-case basis.