Young Persons Counselling

Counselling young people and how can I help. At times young people can experience problems within their lives, causing them to worry or even withdraw from normal activities.

At times young people can experience problems within their lives, causing them to worry or even withdraw from normal activities. By giving young people a chance to explore their problems through talking, drawing, use of paints, games and toys can help create an opportunity for them to make sense of what is happening to them.

To help young children aged between 5 – 9 years of age explore what is worrying them, we often invite them, in play – which entails, drawing, using paints, clay, plasticine, games and toys. All of these can help the young person let us know how they are feeling.

Young people aged between 9 – 13 years of age, usually decide that they prefer to talk as well as use their preferred media to help them find the best way to express what may be troubling them.

Counselling is aimed at older young people to help them understand their feelings and behaviour and to support them in developing effective ways of coping. Aswell as supporting them to work through their problems.


Your first session

At the centre of my work is to develop a safe, warm, friendly and respectful rapport with the young person, ultimately working at their pace. I aim to create a good therapeutic environment in which the young person feels free to act out and to gain understanding of their feelings in safety.

If you feel that young persons counselling can help this is what will happen.

  • Sessions will last 50 minutes
  • Sessions are confidential (however, I will share concerns with the young person’s parents to ensure they are kept safe. If confidentiality is not promoted the young person may not feel comfortable to express themselves. I will ultimately offer support and to work towards to best outcomes)
  • Sessions are usually held weekly on the same day
  • 50% reduction for first session

I have a current enhanced CRB.


This is the type of approach we work with at Guiding Hand Counselling. However, we can talk about how we will work during the first session.

Some of the issues I have successfully helped young people work through are

  • Bullying
  • Pressures of Exams
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Anger Issues
  • Family Breakdown
  • Friendships and School
  • Sexuality
  • Low Selfesteem
  • Depression and Anxiety

Person Centred Therapy

The person-centred approach views the client as their own best authority on their own experience, and it views the client as being fully capable of fulfilling their own potential for growth.

Play Therapy

Play is how your child normally explores the world and makes sense of what happens. Play allows them to work out normal feelings and difficulties using toys and art materials by themselves. They do this all the time at home.

At Guiding Hands Counselling your privacy is of prime importance and we are registered under the Data Protection Act. See ourĀ privacy page for more details.