How do I know If my child needs counselling?

If your child seems unsually anxious, sad or irratable, or if their behaviour is causing problems at school or disrupting your home life, it may be advisable to seek counselling. If there have been changes in the home environment, or a bereavement or trauma in your child's life that is impacting on their everyday functioning, I can help.
I always speak with parents/carers prior to any counselling arrangement, so we can discuss together whether counselling may be of benefit, or whether it may be advisable to seek an alternative avenue.

I would like to book up counselling for my child, how does it work?

I always speak with parents/carers first to discuss your child's needs and where necessary, carry out an assessment based on your perceptions of their behaviour. During this time we can chat through any concerns and I can tell you more about my policies and confidentiality agreements. After this I will meet with your child on my own in my therapy room each week. During the process we can arrange meetings at any time if you would like to discuss anything further regarding your child.

What age children do you work with?

I work with children between the ages of 3 and 17. My work varies depending on the age and understanding of each child. With very young children, the work is all centred around play, however I adapt this as children get older and understand more about what is going on around them. 

How long do sessions last?

Each sessions is 50 minutes and occurs once a week. Dependent on needs, some parents may wish for their child to attend more than weekly, but this can all be discussed in advance. I usually find one session a week is appropriate.

How many sessions should I book up for my child?

The number of sessions is highly dependent on the individual and their unique needs. We can initially agree a set number, (usually 12 weeks) then review this over time. It is important for parents/carers 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 necessary.

How much does a session cost?

Sessions are £65, payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer. The first session is always free.

I have some limited, reduced cost sessions for children from families on low incomes, or those on government benefits. Please contact me to discuss availability.

Why do you offer the first session free?

It is important to ensure the right fit between therapist and child; the relationship between us both is fundamental to the process. I will also only work within my capabilities, therefore offer the first counselling session free, to ensure that I am confident I can help. If necessary, I will refer you to an alternative agency or service, if I feel that they are better suited to you and your child's needs.

What happens if my child cannot attend a session?

Although it is beneficial for the counselling process for your child to attend regular weekly sessions, I understand that at times there are unavoidable situations meaning a session may be missed. I require 48 hours notice if you wish to cancel your child's session, otherwise the full session fee will have to be charged.

Where do sessions take place?

All sessions take place in my therapy room, conveniently located at the Children's Wellness Centre, on Fishers Lane, in Chiswick, West London. My room is approximately a 30 second walk from the main Chiswick High Road and about a 5 minute walk from Turnham Green Tube Station and Chiswick Park Tube Station. My therapy room is very easily accessable for those coming from Chiswick, Acton, Barnes, Hammersmith, Ravenscourt Park, Stamford Brook, Brentford, Richmond, Kew, Ealing and all areas on the District tube line. 

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What is the room like?

As I work solely with children, my therapy room is extremely child friendly, with a warm and welcoming feel to it, helping children to feel relaxed and at ease. It is fully equipped with toys, games, sand, clay, paint and art materials, allowing children freedom of choice as to how to express themselves. Resources are all maintained to a high standard and replaced whenever necessary.

**If you have anymore questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or telephone. I appreciate that it can be a big decision as to whether or not to book up counselling for your child, therefore I am happy to talk through any concerns that you may have. There is no obligation to book up my services whatsoever; it is important that all involved are happy and ready for the counselling to commence, therefore there is no pressure to commit once you have contacted me. **