What is counselling and how does it help children and young people?
Counselling, which can involve using toys and art materials as well as talking, can enable children and young people to explore and express their feelings in a safe and confidential environment. When children can express and understand their feelings they start to feel empowered, their self esteem grows and they become more resilient and able to cope with difficult life situations such as a cancer diagnosis in the family
How will I, as a parent, be involved?
The counsellor will find it helpful to to talk to you about your child and you will have an opportunity to meet with the counsellor before your child’s first session. Although children are seen by themselves for counselling, you may contact the counsellor at any time if you have any questions or concerns. We ask parents/carers who bring their child to the counselling location and to stay in the building while the child is being seen by the counsellor. The counsellor may offer you a review meeting if they think it could be helpful.
How many sessions will my child have?
We Hear You can provide up to 16 sessions of counselling. The number of sessions is very much up to the individual child or young person and how much support they need at the time.
Where do we have to come?
Counselling for children and young people is currently available at our base in Frome Town Hall. We'll return to our settings in Bath, Street and Yeovil as soon as we can.
We also provide counselling for children who attend primary schools in Trowbridge at The Hub, John of Gaunt School as well as young people in Frome attending Selwood Academy, Oakfield Academy and Frome College and in Westbury at Matravers School. The schools service is currently paused for younger children and available online or by phone for children over 12.
What age are children who come for counselling?
Our service is provided to children & young people aged four to 17.
How long do sessions last?
The sessions last for 45-50 minutes, usually once a week at the same time and on the same day.
Do you tell me about my child’s sessions?
The sessions are confidential for the child, although the counsellor will tell you how your child is. At times this may include support and advice for you to enable your child to feel supported by those in their immediate family.
Does it cost anything?
We would like to ask you to make a contribution towards the cost of your child’s weekly sessions if you are able to. We are committed to providing counselling free of charge because we understand that illness can cause financial difficulties. We rely entirely on donations from individuals, community fundraising and support from grant-making trusts to offer this service. We receive no NHS or central government funding. To make a contribution please talk to your counsellor or make a donation via the website.
Can I find out more without committing my child to receiving counselling?
Yes, the children’s counsellor will be happy to ring you for an informal discussion. Please call the WHY office on 01373 455255 and leave a message with your contact telephone number.
How do I book an appointment for my child?
Initially, the children’s counsellor will want to speak to you as a parent/carer so please contact the WHY office on 01373 455255 to arrange an appointment.