Children’s Counselling

Children’s counselling can help when something is making your child or young person unhappy and addresses issues that are negatively impacting a child’s growth, development, mental health, and well-being.

Our children’s therapists are highly experienced and work creatively to help children make sense of what is going on in their minds, bodies, and lives – in a way that they can understand.

Our children’s services are primarily undertaken in schools and on request from schools we provide group workshops on varying topics.

1-2-1 Play Therapy for Children

1-2-1 Play Therapy for Children

Play Therapy helps children understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they haven’t had the chance to sort out properly. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened.

Play is vital to every child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language development. It helps make learning concrete for all children and young people including those for whom verbal communication may be difficult.

Play Therapy helps children in a variety of ways. Children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts. Sometimes they may re-enact or play out traumatic or difficult life experiences in order to make sense of their past and cope better with their future. Children may also learn to manage relationships and conflicts in more appropriate ways.

The outcomes of Play Therapy may be general e.g. a reduction in anxiety and raised self-esteem, or more specific such as a change in behaviour and improved relations with family and friends.

Group work for Children around the following issues:-

Group work for Children around the following issues:-

  • Confidence and Self Esteem –what is confidence and also things that make us feel good
  • How to be calm and relax – explores different ways to relax and calm down
  • Flipping your lid – this workshop explores anger, what happens when we are angry, how to manage and express anger safely
  • Family loss & separation – this workshop develops an understanding of loss, helping to normalise difficult thoughts and feelings and time to express feelings of loss.
  • Friendships – ‘+ friends and – friends’ – this workshop explores what makes a good friend, how to get along when we aren’t friends anymore.
  • Healthy & unhealthy relationships – explores healthy boundaries, gossip and rumours, how do we keep a nice relationship.
  • Problem solving – presents the group with fun problems and time to reflect on solving them and a time to share problems and ideas on how to solve them, using advice from peers
  • How I feel – helps explore different emotions and identifies difficult emotions and how to manage them when they happen



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