Children and Young Peoples Counselling
Children & Young People
Are you a parent or carer of a child who is currently struggling in some way or maybe you have noticed a significant change in their behaviour which is impacting on their ability to lead a happy life?
It is normal to feel worried, stressed, sad or angry at times however, struggling to cope or express these emotions can mean children or young people sometimes withdraw from engaging in activities they once enjoyed or become aggressive and find themselves lashing out at those around them.
It can be obvious at times to know what the cause for the distress has been, for example bullying, bereavement or divorce and there may be times when it is not. As a parent or carer, it can be difficult to see your child struggle with daily life, this often leaves parents and carers feeling disempowered to know what to do or how they can help.
Stepping Stones is based in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Confidential counselling can be offered by various means; remotely using zoom, within your child's educational setting or my therapy room in Buckingham, 10 miles north east of Bicester.
I offer a confidential space, where children and young people can explore their difficulties safely without judgement. I believe helping them to find a way to communicate their inner experience, at a time when they are finding life difficult, can help to relieve the pressure and find a way to begin enjoying life once again.
I work in a child centred way which means that sometimes we just talk and at other times mediums such as art, stories and play may be used. These mediums offer children and young people the opportunity to express what is going on in their internal world without having to find the words directly, something that is often challenging for them.
Parents and carers will need to be involved initially as part of the assessment process to see if counselling is the right service for their child. It also provides an opportunity for parents and carers to meet with me and ask any questions that they might have about the counselling process and to see if they think I am the right person to work with their child.
THERAPEUTIC PARENT SUPPORT
Being a parent can be challenging, after all, children don’t arrive with a pre-written manual of how to parent them. Too often, parents are criticised for their child’s behaviour or are offered opinions of how best to control them. Parents are left feeing a failure, disempowered or confused in how they should raise their children which impacts on their ability to be the parent that they’d hope they would be.
Stepping Stones in Bicester, Oxfordshire can offer a safe, non-judgemental space to explore your experience of what it means to be a parent and help you to become confident and empowered in your parenting approach.
Therapeutic parent support is not counselling but to be heard, validated and listened to is a therapeutic experience in itself and opens up the possibility of change to evolve.
“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step in your life. Tiptoe if you must but take a step”
I have over 4 years experience of working directly with children, young people and parents within different settings including CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service) Oxfordshire, Featherstone Primary School in Birmingham and Oxfordshire Children’s Centres. I am also a Relationship counsellor working for an agency.
Stepping Stones is based in Bicester, Oxfordshire.
I am a registered member of the BACP.
Diploma in Counselling Children
Diploma in Relationship Counselling
Non-Violent Communication 1
CBT Skills Training
Finding the Real Self
Adolescent on Parent Violence
DBT Skills Training
The Parent Puzzle
I just wanted to say thank you for all your support and help. You have made a massive difference to my child's mental state over recent weeks - there’s been a real change and it’s so lovely to see them happier.
Parent of Young Person
Thank you, you were very comfortable to be around and it was actually really easy for me to tell you about myself, my interests, relationships with my friends, family and OCD without being too shy about it, which I have been in the past.