How we can help
Children can feel confused or overwhelmed by difficult life events. Difficulties may be connected to a wide range of experiences such as family relationships, loss, bereavement, change, divorce, sibling rivalry, friendships and separation.
These feelings may manifest in behaviours such as acting out, withdrawing, or even self-harming. It can be hard for children to put feelings into words or to know what the problem is. All they might know is that things are not going too well.
Children have a tremendous capacity for change both neurologically and developmentally. Counselling provides a safe space for children to express themselves, to process difficult experiences and associated feelings.
Using play and the arts we support children through a process of exploration, change and growth. This will enable the child to deepen their understanding of the presenting issue, increase their self-confidence and self-worth. Over time this can help the child to reduce levels of distress and use what has been discovered in therapy in relationships with others.
We are flexible and can adapt to school / parents needs. Counselling sessions are usually 50 minutes long. In order to provide a sense of security and to enable the child to build a trusting relationship it is important for sessions to take place weekly, on the same day, at the same time and in the same place.
We work on a short and long term basis. Our services include:
- Child Counselling: weekly 50-minute sessions taking place at Telegraph Hill Centre, Brockley, South East London or at the child's school
- Parent Support: advise on how to engage with your child's emotions
- Parent-Child Sessions: tailored to the need of the family
- Parent-Child Attachment Play (PACP) – a 10 session programme for individuals or groups based on the latest attachment research to enable parents to enjoy a new way of being with their child and address problematic areas of home life. See NEWS/COURSES for updates.
- Parent Classes: addressing particular behaviour and how to deal with them