Child Counselling

We create a safe space to encourage children to express how they are feeling and help them identify tools to support them.

We Offer Counselling For Children

Many young children struggle with emotional and behavioural challenges which can cause problems now and in the future, unless they are supported to address them.

Dealing with issues early on lays the foundations for a happy, healthy and successful transition into adulthood.

Our Approach

We offer a number of approaches including talking therapy, mindfulness, yoga and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), to help young children deal with issues such as separation anxiety, exam stress, self-confidence, body image, relationship challenges and negotiating transitions (e.g. into secondary school).

This leads towards a better understanding of themselves, their relationships and their behaviour and gives them practical tools and techniques to help them establish healthier patterns.

We also offer support and coaching for parents.

How We Work

At TeenMatters, we believe that the earlier we can support a young person with their challenges the better. That is why we also offer 1-1 therapy sessions to children of primary school age, especially those beginning to transition into adolescence. Children can struggle to communicate their inner world to adults if they don’t have the language or maybe they find it too upsetting. Therefore, they may communicate their needs through their behaviour such as becoming withdrawn or acting out.

We have an integrative approach when working with children drawing on neuroscience, play therapy, psychotherapeutic theory and attachment theory. The use of creative materials such as sandplay, art, clay, storytelling are some of the ways that we help children to express their emotions and anxieties in a way that is natural to them. The aim is to help the child move from reacting impulsively under stress to reflecting and expressing their feelings safely. As every child is unique we work in a tailored way that responds to their individual needs. 

In order to facilitate lasting change in the child we involve the parent by means of regular reviews. This provides an opportunity to discuss any further concerns, to monitor progress, share resources and explore different ways to help you support the young person at home. 

Step 1 – Referral made via the website

Step 2 –  Initial meeting with parents or guardians, ideally face-to-face but a Zoom meeting can be facilitated.  During this time we can chat through any concerns, questions and cover consent and confidentiality agreements. 

Step 3 – Weekly, individual 1-1 sessions with the child begin (normally following a school term structure and observing school holidays) 

Step 4 – Regular short check ins with parents/guardians and full review sessions on a termly basis (or more frequently if required)

Depending on your child’s individual needs, short-term therapy of 6-12 weeks may be most suitable, otherwise longer-term therapy with regular reviews may be agreed. It is important for parents/guardians to be aware that it can take several months for counselling to make a long-term difference and in a lot of cases a longer commitment may be most beneficial.

 We Can Help Young Children With

These Common Problems

Anxiety & Panic Attacks

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Bullying

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Self Esteem Concerns

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Body Image

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Friendship Issues

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ADD/ADHD

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Trauma

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Grief and Loss

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Anger Issues

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Transition into secondary school

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Not Wanting to go to School

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11 Plus Exam Stress

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Divorced Parents

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Living With Family Addiction or Illness

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Our Child Therapy Activities

In addition to child counselling, we also offer yoga and mindfulness sessions for young children: practices that are proven to help anxiety, build self esteem, regulate their mood, increase self-confidence and help with other issues they may be facing.

Contact Us

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TeenMatters, 11 Ailsa Road, Twickenham, London TW1 1QT

hello@teenmatters.co.uk