I work with Children and Young People [C&YP] from the age of 12 upwards and I accept referrals both from C&YP and from adults wishing to refer a child or young person to counselling. I need consent from a carer/parent to work with someone under the age of 16 in Scotland and 18 in England.
It is not unusual for referrals for C&YP to come from someone other than from the child or young person themselves and I will make sure that any child or young person attending counselling is coming voluntarily and that no one is being ’sent’ for counselling.
The content of sessions is confidential except where there is risk of harm and I may need to share information to keep a child or young person safe. Wherever possible, when I need to share information, I will explain why I feel this is necessary.
We can work together face to face or online – using email, messaging video and voice only. Having completed a Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People in 2008 and having worked in schools in Skye & Lochalsh since 2011, I have specific additional training and experience of working with this age group and I meet the BACP Competences for counselling young people (11-18 years)
We all have times in our lives when things are difficult for us and it may be helpful to talk to someone outside of your circle of family and friends, someone who is objective and will not tell you what to do or offer you advice. In addition to talking, we can use art, crafts, games, play, sand tray, and toys in session to help you express yourself.
Counselling can help you to explore whatever is causing you worry, upset or distress. Recent training events relevant to C&YP which I have attended include:
- working with young people in the LGBTQ+ community
- Asperger’s & autism
- disordered eating
- complex needs of young people aged 16-25
- depression & anxiety
- suicidal ideation
- child protection & safeguarding
‘’It was a very nerve-wracking decision to make, but a soon to be proud of decision. I started counselling at a very rough time and it majorly helped me through many of my troubles. There is a stigma amongst people asking for help but I believe it is a brave move to make. I am doing a lot better now thanks to counselling, I encourage anyone who may be considering it to give it a try.’’
– Ellen, age 15
Length and frequency of sessions
Usually, counselling sessions are arranged weekly and last between 30 and 45 minutes. I am happy to be flexible about length and frequency of meetings to meet individual needs.
Fees and cancellations
The current fee for a child or young person is £25 for 30 minutes and £30 for 45 minutes.
I ask that you let me know as soon as possible if you are not able to make a session. If a session is cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice, the full fee is payable.