Child Therapy

Counselling for children and Adolescents

Counselling for children and Adolescents

Children from a young age and into their teens may face difficulty with a variety of issues that they need someone to speak to in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment. Some of the issues that children of all ages come to counselling for are:

family problems, divorce and separation, relationships with blended families, bereavement, anxiety and depression, friendship issues, bullying, low self-confidence/self-esteem, exams and schoolwork, identity issues or anxiety about sexual abuse, or anger/behavioural problems.

Many children may struggle at some stage of their lives, however, children can be extremely resilient and usually recover in the natural course of time with the support of their friends, family and school. There are times that children need help and may benefit from talking to a trained child counsellor when they find it particularly difficult to recover from these upsets and it stops them from returning to their normal lives.

 

What does Child Therapy involve?

The counsellor will meet with one or both of the parents or main carer at the first session to discuss the problem and agree on the best way forward.  The child will then meet with the counsellor, who will aim to develop a safe and trusting relationship where the child can have the opportunity to talk or express what is troubling them and explore ways of coping and dealing with the issues.   Counselling gives the child the chance to talk through things with someone who listens and gives them the opportunity to understand their feelings, emotions and what is happening in their lives.

Many children often find it hard to put their feelings into words, or sometimes they only know they feel sad but may not know what the problem is. Counselling children usually involves a different process from adults as it may involve using non-directive play therapy using art materials, sand, stones, or toys.   In these sessions we let the child take the lead and work with whatever they bring to the session.  The aim of the therapy is to find a way forward where the child feels better able to cope. Using play and art encourages children to feel comfortable and plays an important part in order for them to express themselves.

The number of sessions will be agreed upon between the child, the counsellor and the parent/carer. These will be reviewed regularly throughout the process.  The child’s needs and wishes are central to the process at all times.

 

What are the Benefits?

Counselling gives children the opportunity to explore in a safe and non-judgmental environment a wide range of issues that may be having a detrimental effect on their mental health and emotional well-being.   Having the opportunity to talk to someone other than a parent is sometimes very helpful for children.  Counselling can help them to express and make sense of their thoughts and feelings so that they are better able to cope with their problems.

 

Booking and Cancellation 

Full payment for your first therapy session will be taken in advance, at the time of booking.

As our appointments are in high demand, we require at least 48 hours notice to cancel your appointment.

Where 48 hours or more notice has been given, your session fee will be refunded less a cancellation fee of £10.00.

Where less than 48 hours notice is given, the session will be charged in full and there will be no refund

 

 

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Our aim is to offer you an initial appointment, within 1-2 weeks, this appointment will be an assessment to establish your needs., waiting times will vary according to pressure on our resources, your own availability and the service you need. If you need help urgently, please contact your GP, contact The Samaritans via phone on 116 123 or visit their..... Read More »

The content of the session both verbal and written remains absolutely confidential.  For your assurances, no information is shared with any third party, unless this has been discussed with you and agreed upon beforehand.

We will send you a link to click on prior to your session beginning. You can do this via any smart device that has a camera. You will need a space that is quiet and private that is safe, in which you can openly talk freely and express yourself in absolute confidence.

Counselling can help with a wide range of concerns including ·       Abuse ·       Addiction ·       Anger ·       Anxiety and stress Bereavement and loss ·       Carer responsibilities ·       Depression ·       Divorce ·       Eating disorders ·       Health issues Major life changes OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) Phobias and fears Redundancy and work issues Relationship difficulties Sexuality Trauma Violence Worry
We as counsellors are not there to give you advice, tell you what to do or judge you in any way.  The aim of counselling is to help you come to your own decision(s), only you know how you feel in any given situation. The counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can..... Read More »
We are integrative counsellors, therefore, we will blend different models of therapy ie. Person-centred, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to best fit your needs. Integrative counselling, as the name suggests, is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies.  Essentially, we are not only concerned with what works, but why it works - tailoring therapy to our..... Read More »

You are able to contact us regarding a change to your appointment with the details provided, however, counselling work will only be available during your appointed time.

Missed appointments will still need to be paid for unless the required notice has been given.

When your appointment is confirmed you will be able to amend this online up to 24hours before, in order to cancel 24hrs notice is required

Everyone’s situation is unique so this will depend entirely on your needs.  Some people require in-depth counselling over a long period, sometimes years, whilst others prefer to address a specific problem over a set period of time. We work in an open-ended manner which means you can have as many sessions as you require. We will suggest a number of..... Read More »

Fees are £40 per 50-60 min session for individuals and £55 per 60 minute or £70 for 90min sessions for couples.

We aim to make counselling accessible to those on low incomes in receipt of certain benefits and students so have a limited amount of concessionary spaces available on request.

The counselling is weekly, this gives you a better chance of making progress than if you were to attend less frequently. It is important to attend regularly, especially in the early days, clients tend to get more out of the counselling than those whose attendance irregular. The exception to this is long term clients who may gradually attend fortnightly sessions..... Read More »

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For emergencies call Samaritans on 116 123 or visit your nearest hospital

07773 020818

Cardiff, Wales UK

support@dandeliontherapyservices.co.uk