Increasingly parents or carers are seeking counselling for the children or young adults in their lives.
I provide counselling for children aged 12 years plus.
I take an integrative approach to therapy for children which includes creative means, such as making things in order to explore thoughts and feelings.
Counselling with me for young clients follows the same process as that for adult clients (see ‘how counselling works tab’).
Having your child attend counselling can be hard for parents, as they (your child) have the same rights to confidentiality as an adult. Usually children attend sessions on their own, with the exception of the assessment and review sessions. What this means is that I would not be able to share with you, the parent what your child has said or done during a session. However, your child has the right to share as much or as little as they wish. If your child wishes me to share something ‘specific’ with a parent, with their consent I would.
As within adult counselling if during a young person’s counselling session a disclosure is made that reveals a significant risk to either themselves or to another, I am obligated to break confidentiality. In the case of a person under the age of 18 this would be to an appropriate person, such as a parent or to another service such as a GP or local social services.
Breaking confidentiality for a child or adult client is rare and would not be undertaken without the consultation of a counselling supervisor (see ‘how counselling works’).