Bringing your child to Counselling and what you need to know……
In the first session, understandably your child may be unsure what counselling is and why they are here, which is why the first session is crucial for us to talk freely about what is bothering you or your child and get to know each other, ensuring your child has a good basis to start feeling safe and secure in this new environment
After the first session we can start to establish the fundamental goals of the counselling. However, this can differ depending on why and how it has been suggested to take your child to counselling, why you feel you are bringing your child to counselling and why they feel they are coming to counselling.
We can then start to establish what behaviours may be causing turbulence and how we might go about changing them. It is also at this stage that we can decide, together, whether the child is willing or wants to be counselled alone. Sometimes it may be necessary for you and your partner, if present, to come to counselling without your child. This will of course depend completely on the topic, situation and circumstances.
It is not uncommon for your therapist to set homework for you and your child (depending on their age) to undertake between sessions. This is to encourage everyone to explore their behaviours more effectively and in their natural environment.
It is perfectly normal to want to be present with your child during their counselling sessions. However, in general, parents are usually only present for the first initial consultation. This will vary from child to child depending on the presenting issue and age, but evidence always shows that children open up more effectively without their parents present.
Your child's therapist will sometimes review with you every 6 session, but this again will depend on a number of factors.
Again this is perfectly understandable to question. However the answer is no. The ethical guidelines for counselling children are the same for counselling adults , including confidentiality. It is crucial for your child to build trust with their therapist. There are some circumstances where topics and subjects can be shared as group, but this will only be with your child's permission.
Child Counselling sessions are £35 per session, but we offer a sliding scale from £25*
Calm Journey therapists can help your child:
- Understand what worries them
- Learn to understand feelings and emotions
- Overcome fears or insecurities
- Identify what may increase their symptoms
- Relate with other children
- Change negative behaviours
- Establish a stable, dependable routine
We ask for signed permission to counsel an under 18.
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Here at Calm Journey Therapy, we understand that life happens! And things can come up that prevent us attending a pre booked session. If this does happen, please notify us as soon as possible as we like 24 hours notice to cancel a session.
If you have made a booking using our automatic booking system, you can cancel or reschedule your appointment up to 6 hours before the start of your session using your confirmation email. Any time after that and unfortunately the system will not allow you to cancel or change your session. Please however, still contact your therapist directly or use the Calm Journey Therapy number: 07487754683. Regrettably depending on the reason for your cancellation, you may incur a charge.