Children
& Young People Counselling

More
than ever our children and young people are subject to many stresses.
Pressure to conform to media stereotypes, pressure to do well at
school, family separation, peer pressure and bullying to name a few
of the issues presented to our kids.

These
stresses are difficult enough for an adult to cope with but our
children have little experience to draw upon, may feel they have no
one they can talk to or believe they are the only ones to feel this
way resulting in conditions such as anxiety, depression, anger and
behavioural problems. In extreme cases self-harm or even suicide
ideation can seem the only way out to a young person.

Wales
is the only part of the UK where counselling services are legally
required in schools however this service is often oversubscribed and
poorly funded leaving an otherwise excellent provision limited to a
few sessions per child. CAMHS (Children & Adolescent Mental
Health Services) have long waiting times which can be as long as 12
months.

Counselling
offers the young person a confidential* safe space to explore their
concerns, allowing them to talk free from judgement or pressure to
be. Using the Proactive Approach developed by Geldard & Geldard I
use a combination of Child Centered and Cognitive Behaviour therapies
to arm your child with a toolkit of coping strategies to increase
their resilience and self-esteem. In a relaxed environment I
incorporate activities such as Theraplay, creative strategies, sand
tray and psychoeducational tools into the session.

Contact me on lornakj@tri-unitywellness for further information on Children & Young People counselling.