A counsellor’s primary role is to empower and enable young adults to find clarity in their feelings, how to deal with them, enabling them to come up with solutions to their problems themselves.

Approaching your child about counselling
If you feel as though your child/young person may benefit from counselling, please take time to explain to them how it works or signpost them to this website. Counselling is a talking therapy which enables your child to talk about their thoughts, feelings or whatever is on their mind. By getting things off their chest, they can start to make sense of things. Life can be very overwhelming at times, particularly through the mind and eyes of a teenager.

The counsellor relationship
The relationship between your child and their counsellor should feel safe, comfortable and non judgemental. A counsellor will listen but not advise. Talking out loud about problems can sometimes make the problems feel smaller and more manageable, instead of letting things get too big in their minds.

Growing up is different today
The content of the sessions will be confidential unless there is a serious safeguarding issue. Your child may or may not want to talk after a counselling session, it’s fine either way. Growing up as a child is very different now, it can feel too much at times with various issues such as bullying, loneliness, peer and parent pressure, exam stress, low, negative thoughts. Anxiety and depression are sadly very high amongst children at the moment. It could be that you have a very good relationship with your child but they may not want to worry you – speaking to a stranger is sometimes easier. Sometimes, a few sessions can make a world of difference.

Please note the contents of your child/young person’s sessions will remain confidential between the themselves and the counsellor unless the counsellor feels there may be a safeguarding issue.

It’s important for your child/young person to feel they have privacy and are able to build a trusting relationship with their counsellor. They may wish to share what has been discussed however they may not and we would ask you to kindly respect their privacy.

EHMF are funders and therefore do not hold information regarding your child/young person’s counselling sessions. The counsellor will not provide updates about your child/young person’s counselling.

If your child/person is Gillick competent (and over 13) then consent may not be required from parents. The counsellor will use their professional opinion to make their own decision.

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Some helpful pointers to consider when talking to your child.

This A-Z guide from Young Minds, gives you advice on how to help your child with their feelings and behaviour, as well as mental health conditions and life events. It also show you where you can get help, including financial support for you and your family.

Counselling is not an emergency support service. If you feel are feeling your child is suicidal or unable to keep themself safe, it’s a mental health emergency and you will need emergency advice.

Contact Samaritans 24 hours, 7 days a week on 116 123. You can also visit your nearest Accident & Emergency (A&E) hospital or contact the emergency services on 999.  For further information look at our Support Organisations page.