Counselling Children and Young People in West Bridgford

At Counselling Nottingham in West Bridgford, we provide counselling for children and young people. There are many reasons why children may require the additional support that counselling offers. They can be deeply affected by changes in their lives and may be trying to deal with difficult family dynamics, bullying, bereavement or separation. Children can be affected by anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Autism, Asperger syndrome and ADHD can all present particular challenges. Early intervention can also be preventative – rather than problems escalating over the years, the child or young person can be taught coping mechanisms that will stand them in good stead throughout life.

“Thank you for teaching me how to smile again.”

Our counsellors, June Straw and Helen Tunnicliffe create a nurturing environment in which children and young people feel safe to explore their issues. The therapeutic relationship is central to the counselling; June and Helen provides emotional holding and empathic understanding, which allows the child or young person to reflect and express. They always uses age-appropriate methods; for example, puppets, sand, and drawing to enable young children to describe how they view their world, and how they feel about what’s going on. Teenagers are helped to feel valued; by listening to their concerns and working in a non-judgemental way, June and Helen develop a trusting therapeutic relationship.

Empathic understanding gives all clients the strength to process their feelings and come to a more balanced understanding of their situation. As the sessions unfold, the child or young person develops greater self-confidence, and an ability to take chances and make the most of life’s opportunities. June has many years’ experience of working with children and young people. She was a volunteer counsellor with The Place2Be, a well-known charity that provides counselling in schools. The first counsellor to work with The Place2Be for five years, June devoted two days a week to the organisation. She has a busy private practice working with a wide range of clients. She has undertaken extensive training, is CRB checked and has a full understanding of safeguarding issues.

Helen works with young people at the Wellbeing Clinic she has previously worked in the care industry supporting and managing complex individuals in the community, whilst volunteering in many counselling sectors including Childline and Youth Offender Team. Helen used to run a College Counselling Service, which was with students,

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