Counselling for children, young people & families
An area that I feel passionate about is my work with children, teenagers and their families.
In particular I enjoy supporting parent and child relationships and have been successful in improving the quality of both parent and child and parent and teenage relationships, helping everyone to express their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment to feel heard and understood, to share their views, appreciate each other's needs, and work towards useful changes.
Challenging situations and conflict
From time to time it is natural that families will be faced with challenging situations and conflicts and at times when families often need to pull together they find themselves being pulled apart. Counselling helps the family to unite and explore their differences, to live a more harmonious life together in which they can build on their relationships to become more loving and supportive towards one another.
How can I help?
I have 24 years' experience working in a range of education settings with children and teenagers, and have been counselling children and teenagers since the year 2000. In counselling sessions I draw upon my knowledge and experience and provide children and teenagers with a therapeutic experience that changes their inside world.
I use a range of age appropriate therapeutic models which include the creative arts, solution focused ideas and child focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) approaches to enable children and teenagers to express their feelings and emotions, work through difficult thoughts and build on strengths.
Counselling sessions offer opportunities to look at other ways to manage difficult situations, helping you take positive action by putting problems into new perspectives.
What Is child focused CBT?
Challenging situations and problems are part of everyday life. Parents, friendships, school work, relationships, just about everything can cause problems for children and teenagers. There are times when we can all be good at sorting these problems but there can also be times when problems feel too big and too confusing to sort out by yourself.
Problems can begin to feel as though they are happening quite often and they begin to affect everything you do. When the problems feel like they are taking over and leaving you feeling unhappy it is those times that cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) approach may be able to help you.
CBT is a way of coping with problems that look at the link between the way you think, how you feel and what you do. It is known to be a very effective way of helping children and teenagers to overcome their problems, enabling them to become aware of negative and unhelpful ways of thinking, finding the link between what they think, how they feel and what they do. It tests out the evidence for their negative thoughts and swaps them for more useful ways of coping with their feelings, enabling them to overcome the problem and do the things they have always wanted to do.
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Relationship difficulties
- Communication problems
- Separation or divorce
- Sadness, hurt or anger
- Frustration, confusion or despair
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- Mood changes
- A change of family situation or life stage
- A feeling of rejection
- Difficulties living with chronic pain, critical illness or disability
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