We cannot counsel children in the same way that we do adults. If we try and sit children down and encourage them to talk to us , children will either answer with a short direct answer, become bored or withdraw. Young children often cannot name feelings or emotions as they have not developed sufficient emotional awareness. However,that does not mean that they don't feel emotions and have concerns.
I work with children by using other strategies alongside 'talking therapy'. Much of this is through play. I only see children in year 5 and 6 via video link. I ask that they have paper and pens and welcome other materials such as Play-Doh, dolls etc if they wish to use it. Sometimes I use books and story telling. By playing, the child will often act out their concerns and this enables them to verbalise their anxieties or work through them using play.
It is important that the child learns to trust me and so I do not discuss with parents exactly what the session contains. I explain to the child that what happens in the session is private, but not secret. They are free to talk to whomever they want about the contents of the session. However I will only talk about the contents of the session with the child's permission. There may be times when it would be harmful to the child for me to withold information, in which case I would disclose this information to a parent, after explaining to the child first.
With children under the age of 11, I am happy to have regular short catch up times with parents, with or without the child present.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I offer 30 minute appointments for years 5 and 6 at a cost of £30
If your child is in year 7 or above I offer 50 minute sessions at a cost of £50
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate