Child Centered Counselling
What is child centred Counselling?
Counselling helps children explore their feelings, express themselves and make sense of their life experiences. Through a combination of play, talk and art children can communicate and explore their world. Feelings can be investigated, accepted and understood through play. It is a safe space to explore at their own pace and through connection with me, we develop a trusted relationship. Sessions are confidential as far as the child wishes unless I have a concern for their safety which will then be shared with school.
What are the benefits of offering Counselling in schools?
Time away from the busy classroom and demands of the school day and peers can bring space and calm to a child’s week. Children bring their own agenda and decide how to use their session for themselves. This helps develop their sense of self; how they see themselves and feel about themselves as a person. As they feel more integrated as an individual, this brings more understanding of others which improves their relationships at home and school as well as self-esteem. The counsellor also provides another link between home and school and will talk to the child’s parents/carers/carers or teachers with their permission about matters they want passed on.
Who is referred for Counselling?
Sometimes a child may be struggling with certain difficulties and require further support. The safe weekly space is a regular time where a child can unravel some of the difficulties in their mind. They may have experienced loss, grief or have developed anxieties, Counselling can help them work through these in their sessions.
Who can I speak to if I am concerned and/or need advice?
Referrals are made by the Head of School and the Inclusion Managers. There are limited spaces and therefore decisions are made based on priorities and needs. If you need advice please contact the Inclusion Managers.
West Norwood and Streatham Counsellor: Vicki Bradley