Counselling for Children


IMG_5932The value of counselling for children is beginning to be more widely appreciated as we understand more fully how difficulties which are not addressed during childhood/adolescence can not only mar a child’s experience of life at the time, but can also lead to serious difficulties in adulthood.

Counselling and play therapy can help children who are experiencing, or who have experienced, any of the following:

Difficulties resulting from traumatic events such as:

  • An accident
  • Bereavement
  • Parental separation/divorce
  • Physical, sexual or emotional abuse
  • Sadness and depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Behaviour problems e.g. tantrums, aggressiveness
  • Emotional problems associated with physical illness
  • Sleep problems
  • Soiling or wetting
  • Eating difficulties and eating disorders
  • Bullying
  • School refusal
  • Family problems
  • Drug/Solvent/Alcohol abuse
  • Self harming behaviour
  • Attachment difficulties

IMG_5887In her work with children and teenagers, Frances uses an approach that combines play therapy and child-centred counselling. A young person is encouraged to express themselves through gentle, non-threatening activity such as painting, drama, and imaginative play. She uses a wide range of ‘props’ to assist exploration and expression of feelings through creative, sensory activities – clay, paints, playdough, buttons, dolls, puppets, games, books, musical instruments and so on. she also uses music, relaxation techniques and creative visualisation to help children express themselves. she always likes to carry out a full assessment before working with a child.

In 2007 Frances introduced animal assisted therapy to her practice (read more…)

“I arranged for my children to see Frances when I became concerned about their wellbeing after the death of their Dad. They always felt very comfortable during the sessions and Frances used a lot of innovative techniques to interact with the children;[wpex class=”wpex-link” more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] encouraging them to talk openly about their feelings and helping them to find ways of managing their feelings in different situations. I noticed a big improvement in their emotional wellbeing and would highly recommend Frances to any parent who is looking at getting therapy for their child.”

– Mother (children aged 8 and 12)[/wpex]

“Last year we had problems in the family which were difficult for all of us, but particularly for the children. We sought the help of Frances and her guidance and sensitivity has enabled the children to find their way through a very emotional and testing time.[wpex class=”wpex-link” more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]The children feel very comfortable with Frances and are able to express themselves freely without fear of upsetting anyone. The fact that the visit takes place within a homely setting and in a comfy, gentle room rather than in an impersonal office, makes a tangible difference to the children’s confidence and trust in Frances. This has meant that they are open to be helped effectively and relatively quickly. We were in a black place and Frances has helped all of us move on. Obviously, things are still not ideal but an occasional visit to Frances seems to set us back on track and put things back in proportion. I shall be eternally grateful for all that Frances has done for our family.”

– Grandmother (children aged 7 and 9, dealing with family breakup)[/wpex]

“Frances has worked with my 12 year old son for a number of months on issues such as school bullying, lack of confidence and low self esteem. Offering brilliant support, advice and guidance he has learned to cope and deal with the various difficulties he finds himself in and ultimately has become a much calmer individual.[wpex class=”wpex-link” more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]He often struggles adapting to new situations but they very quickly established a very good relationship and he felt at ease in the comfortable surroundings of her home. I would highly recommend Frances to anyone whose children may need any help in coping with what is now a very difficult world for them to grow up in.”

– Father (12 year old boy)[/wpex]