Please note: this page is information specifically for young people (i.e. age 11-18). If you are over 18 please see my counselling with adults page.
Why come for counselling?
If you’re feeling alone with no-one to talk to or have problems you don’t want to share with family or friends then counselling may be worth a try.
Having counselling doesn’t mean you’re ‘mad’ or a ‘failure’. It can be a helpful way of learning about yourself and discovering strengths you didn’t know you had, which will help you for the rest of your life.
What happens during counselling?
Counselling is private and confidential.
It’s your choice what you want to talk about.
I won’t judge you or tell you what to do.
I will listen to you and respect your feelings and thoughts.
You can come for an initial session and then make a decision whether you want to come back for more counselling.
Counselling doesn’t only have to be about talking – if you prefer we can also use art, writing, visualisation or even music to explore how you’re feeling and why. We can also have the sessions outside in Nature.
Counselling may help you if...
- You’re feeling stressed, unhappy or angry
- You feel bad about yourself and don’t have any confidence
- You are having problems at home – e.g. parents divorcing
- You feel hopeless about the future
- You are having difficulties at school, college or university – e.g bullying or exam pressure
- Someone you know has died and you still feel very upset
- You are questioning your sexuality
- You are having problems in a relationship with a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend
- You have split up from a relationship and are having difficulty getting over it
- You are drinking a lot or taking drugs
- You have problems with eating
- You feel like hurting yourself
These are just some common examples - counselling can also help with many other issues and problems.
How do I make an appointment?
If you are aged 16-18 and are able to pay for counselling yourself, then please give me a call and we can have a chat. I offer discounted rates if you are a student, are on benefits or a low income.
If you are under 16 then I need your parent or carer’s permission for you to come for counselling - it would be best if you talk to them about it and they call me first. If this feels too difficult than you can call me and I can put you in touch with other agencies in the area who may be able to help you.
If you are feeling desperate and need to talk to someone urgently you can contact Childline or the Samaritans.
Information for parents and carers
If you are concerned about the well-being of your child / teenager and they won’t (or don’t feel able) to talk to you about their feelings or problems - then counselling may help them. It can be a relief for them to speak to someone who is not involved in the family and who is completely impartial. However it is important that they feel they have a choice and want to give it a try.
Please ask them to read the information for young people and contact me if you have any further questions.