what happens in counselling and how could it help ?
Giving children, teenagers and young people the opportunity to talk with a counsellor, allows them space to express their feelings and to have their feelings heard and understood in an empathic way.
Sometimes, young people are unable to be honest with their parents about how they are feeling. They may want to protect their parent’s feelings, or they may be unsure how a parent will react. Talking to a counsellor who is not directly involved, but who is empathic and non-judgemental, can allow problems to be explored and for them to gain the confidence to find their own solutions.
Older children may simply want to talk, but it’s often easier for young children to draw or act out how they are feeling, instead of saying it. This can be through art, through stories, or through playing with toys or puppets.
The what next section describes how a typical counselling session would work, what would happen during the initial session and how on-going sessions would be organised.
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