Child Therapy

We cannot counsel children in the same way we counsel adults.

 

Livewell Counselling Service offers a Child Therapy service to schools in and around Chorley, Lancashire area, many of which are Ofsted accredited as Outstanding.

 

What We Offer

For early intervention with young people we offer:

  • One to one sessions
  • Group Work
  • Bespoke Training
  • Support for staff to have an understanding of mental health issues

 

In order for parents to understand the counselling service, helpful leaflets are available.

A minimal of 8 sessions is offered, then reviewed regularly.

Schools can buy in full day, half day or hourly sessions.

Assessments will be completed at the start and at the end, with evaluation by the young people themselves included. Consent will be  required for children under 16 years.

 

When It Is Needed

There are times in life when young people may feel stressed or anxious due to exams, difficultly in relationships, expectations from others, home worries, such as separation or when a parent becomes ill, or even transition, starting a new school. These concerns can cause disruption to the young person life and may result in emotional or behavioural changes such as:

  • Acting out
  • Feeling Angry
  • Being withdrawn
  • Under achieving
  • Exploring high risky behaviours
  • Failing to develop

 

Therapy Through Play

We cannot counsel young people in the same way we counsel adults.      It can simply be too painful or difficult for a young person to speak about the things that are causing them distress; so we have to employ other strategies.

Young peoples experiences are often communicated through play; this is a child’s natural form of expression and learning of the world around them. By combining verbal communication with the child’s own natural means of expression, we can engage the young person in a therapeutic process. Play with carefully selected materials, combined with the interaction of a counsellor allows the young person to explore more fully what is going on for them and to ‘play out’ their feelings.

The fundamental goals of child therapy include:

  • An opportunity to deal with painful experiences
  • Reduce anxiety around stressful events
  • Helping a young person to change behaviours that have negative consequences
  • Enabling a young person to express their thoughts and feelings
  • Helping a young person to develop social skills
  • Enabling a young person to feel empowered

 

If we could only learn to respond effectively to young people at crisis point in their lives, we might save many of them from becoming clients in one capacity or another for the rest of their lives.

 

Contact Us

for more information on our young people therapy services please contact us by filling in the below form or calling us on 07724 142405 and a member of our team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Comments or questions are welcome.

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