Growing up can be very hard. Things happen sometimes, at home, school or university that are out of your control and you can be left feeling unhappy. This doesn’t mean that something is wrong with you or that you will always feel this way. You won’t.
Counselling is a private space away from friends and family in which you can talk about whatever matters to you, knowing you will not be judged but accepted and respected for who you are.
By giving you the time, space and skilled support necessary to safely express your feelings and make sense of your thoughts and behaviours, counselling helps you understand yourself and see your situation in a way that is helpful to you.
If talking is not comfortable there are many creative ways we can work together, for example using music or drawing and relaxing. Above all, coming for counselling should feel safe and fun.
Why come for counselling?
- Self-esteem / self-confidence difficulties
- Loss of a parent / family member or pet
- Feeling that you don’t fit in
- Stress, anxiety & worrying thoughts
- Feeling sad or angry
- Caring for family members
- Family / friendship problems
- Exam stress
- Preparing for presentations & interviews
- Learning to speak up
- Learning to talking about yourself positively (e.g. on application forms)
Is counselling private?
Counselling is private. I will not tell anyone what you say, unless someone is hurting you or someone you know. In this instance I will need to tell someone to help keep you safe, but first I will talk to you.
We will discuss confidentiality when we first meet, so that you can understand that you are in control.
If you are under 16 you will need to bring the person who is responsible for you first time we meet (e.g. your parent). This does not mean that your parent/guardian will be in your counselling session (unless you want them to be). Instead, I will introduce myself and give you both the chance to say anything you wish to. If you decide you want to come back, there will be no need for me to meet with your parent/carer, unless you want me to.
The most important thing for you and your parent to know is that counselling is your private space. Coming for counselling should be your choice.