Counselling helps to deal with issues that are causing emotional pain or uncomfortable feelings. It provides a safe and regular space to express and explore difficult feelings. Counsellors generally won’t give advice or ‘fix the problem’, but they do help find new insights and ways to understand problems in a more constructive way, allowing the negative impact to be reduced.
Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger than to parents, relatives or friends. During the session the counsellor listens and helps to find your own answers to problems, without judging, dictating or patronising.
Counselling can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings. It’s quite common for Children to get a real sense of relief that finally they can talk about their issues without being judged or somehow making the problem worse. It’s an opportunity to look at issues in a different way.
With the help and support of your Counsellor, Children should gradually start to feel better not just in the sessions but in the long term too. In most cases, it takes several months of sessions before the Counselling really starts to make a long term difference, and a regular ongoing commitment is required to make the best use of the Counselling.