Counselling for Children and Young People


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_5887Her unique approach to her work enables Frances to integrate child-centred counselling, play therapy and coaching  into her bespoke packages of support. 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…)