Why bring your child for Counselling?
Counselling provides an opportunity for children to talk in confidence, about things that worry them. What children choose to talk about is completely up to them, common issues are bullying, stress, parental separation, change and traumatic events.
How can a Counsellor help?
Counsellors are trained to listen without judging and to help children sort out their thoughts and feelings. Counsellors at Supporting Minds often use creative activities such as drawing, art, play dough and writing to help a child express their concerns.
Is it Confidential?
Information discussed in the counselling room is treated confidentially. Counselling is a time for children to be free to discuss things without fear of these things being repeated elsewhere. This includes not discussing the work with parents/carers unless the child gives consent. This may be hard for parents/carers to accept at times, but this is crucial to build trust with the child.
If a child appears to be at risk of significant harm it may be appropriate to seek help from other agencies to keep them safe. The counsellor would aim to discuss this first with the child concerned and their parent/carer before informing the appropriate agencies if necessary.
While sessions are confidential, all parents and carers of children and young people will be offered an opportunity to meet with their child’s counsellor at regular intervals. This will provide an opportunity to voice any concerns or ask any questions.
We hope that talking with a counsellor will lead to openness with parents and families, you may need to allow a little time for this to happen.
How many sessions will my child need?
Although each child is unique in their needs, most children stay for 6-12 sessions, thus providing enough time for issues to be explored in a meaningful way. However, the counsellor will review regularly the effectiveness of the therapy with child and parent.
What if my child refuses to have counselling?
The decision to accept counselling is completely voluntary, just as it would be for an adult.
If my child wants to see a counsellor does that mean I'm failing as a parent?
Absolutely not! Everyone experiences times when it is hard to speak to those closest to us, it can be easier for people to speak to somebody outside of the family. The counsellor will not be judging you or your child, but helping them to work through whatever is troubling them.