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Children and adolescents

Why can counselling be so important?

Children who feel they cannot ‘talk’ openly or freely about their problems with a family member or peer will often act out their unresolved feelings in a number of ways.

Poor behaviour, truancy, low academic achievement, exclusion, drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, involvement in crime, are all reflective of a young person who feels his /her needs are not being validated.

Giving a young person a place 2 talk within a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship is the first step towards helping them understand and cope with their feelings more easily.

Evidence shows us that young people receiving counselling have enhanced self esteem, more effective communication skills and are more equipped to develop and maintain healthy relationships.

Conditions treated

Bullying at school, family problems, low self esteem, friendship difficulties, difficulties coping with a recent change, serious illness or bereavement.

Treating more complex problems

In most cases, especially where a young person's difficulties are more complex, a systemic or circular approach can offer the fastest and most visible path to change.

With the guidance of a trained counsellor, the diagnosis of symptoms, through to the development of effective treatment interventions becomes a collaboration between the family, the school and of course the young person. * If necessary a medical practitioner can be involved.

By working together, the change process can take on a new understanding, as a more complete picture begins to open up.

This systemic approach can be highly effective for a wide range of disorders including:  Anxiety, sadness, worry, depression, social interaction fear, separation anxiety disorder and attention deficit disorder