What’s Counselling about?
Sometimes we all have problems that are worrying. Think of a confusing jigsaw when all the pieces are difficult to match together. Talking about a problem is like sorting out all the pieces so we can begin to build a picture that makes more sense to us.
Sometimes it’s difficult to talk to parents, friends or teachers about things that are making us anxious. A counsellor is someone who you can talk to in a different way, someone who will listen to you very carefully, who will not judge you or tell what to do.
Counselling is about helping you to work things out for yourself, making decisions and choices and helping you to look at things differently. It can help you to feel better about yourself.
What kind of things do children and young people talk about in counselling?
- Parents separating
- Sexual abuse
- Feeling angry
- Self harm
- Drug and alcohol issues
- Low self esteem
What techniques are used in counselling?
Play Therapy – lets children sort through complicated feelings and “use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or judged”
Mindfulness – It equips you with the skill to help us address the kinds of worries that we all experience, it can help them to work skilfully with the stresses and strains of childhood and adolescence without being swept away by them.
CBT – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a type of talking therapy which focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems.
By using different techniques, this equips me with the knowledge on how to effectively counsel and support children and young people.