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children and adolescent counselling

What is Child and Adolescent Counselling?

Counselling allows young people to explore problems they face in different areas of their life whilst taking into consideration their cognitive development. The therapeutic agreement and process allows children and young people to express freely; in a safe, CONFIDENTIAL environment, with clear boundaries, which helps build a strong collaborative relationship between child/adolescent and therapist. In Counselling for Children, we use creative techniques which facilitates free expression of feelings - physically, verbally, and creatively. Counselling for teenagers, amongst many benefits, improves awareness of feelings. This awareness helps to deal with social issues, family problems, educational struggles and relationships - both personally and professionally.

What are the signs that suggest your teenager could benefit from therapy?

• Social isolation
• Sudden change of interests
• Sudden behaviour change
• Resistance or defiance
• Excessive worry

What can affect children or adolescent mental health?

• A change in family dynamics, like divorce
• Experiencing or witnessing mental and physical abuse
• Illness or disability
• Moving home
• Moving school
• Bullying
• Bereavement

At GoldMind our continual assessment process considers how parents can help nurture their children by helping them flourish mentally. Your relationship with your child/adolescent helps build confidence and resilience in their ability to cope with their life and the emotions they may experience. As part of a continual assessment process, we may feel at times that it would be benecial for you to be a part of the process which allows you to understand your child and the part you can play in helping them

What are the benefits of Child and Adolescent Counselling with GoldMind?

• Help your child/adolescent feel happier at home and school
• Knowing how to address behavioural issues
• Access and understand learning difficulties
• Understand how your child's environment affects them
• Allow your child/adolescent the opportunity to open up
• Improve relationships with family and friends
• Learn how to manage unhelpful thoughts and emotions
• Put in place a long term self-care plan

How does the counselling process start?

To begin with, it may be necessary to have a conversation with the organisation, person, parent or care giver who referred the child/adolescent to get a general sense of what the problem is. It also may be beneficial to have the parent or caregiver present in the first session. This allows the therapist to start the process of developing an understanding of the root cause. The therapist will establish a therapeutic agreement which covers confidentiality, time and length of sessions. Once a therapeutic agreement is in place the sessions will largely be influenced by the child or adolescent and what they bring to session.

How does a child/adolescent get referred?

With GoldMind, you can self-refer AS i AM A PRIVATE PRACTITIONER. If you are unsure just call us on
07921 00 4344 OR drop us an email: We are based in Hamilton but we advise against popping in – it is better to contact us viA the avenues listed above. (Address: 55 Clydesdale St, Hamilton ML3 0DD)

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