Counselling gives the child the opportunity to talk about how they feel without the fear of judgement. Speaking to a counsellor, away from their home and school life, can take away some of the pressure. Counselling offers a safe environment for children to express their feelings and understand what may have caused them to feel distressed.
The techniques used in sessions will depend on the child’s age, situation and their development. There are a number of techniques that may be used to encourage children to express their feelings better, such as through sand, play and art. The creative medium facilitates the child's self expression.
Talking therapy is still used. The aim of counselling for both children and adults is the same; to help the individual cope better with their feelings and to regain a sense of self.
Counselling can help children overcome anxiety,depression, parental separation, bereavement, bullying, self harm, attachment issues, and low self esteem.