Child Counselling Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and therapy can help your child overcome problems linked to feeling sad, anxious, worried, stressed, upset, angry, low self-confidence and behaving aggressively.
Is the Child Counselling Aberdeen Service for children of all ages?
Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre Aberdeen offers counselling for children. We provides the opportunity for children of Primary School age and under to discuss their concerns in a confidential and safe setting. (For secondary school age children and above, please see: Counselling Teenagers/Adolescents and Young People.)
How experienced and qualified are the counsellors?
All of our counselling psychotherapists are very experienced, highly qualified and professionally registered (UKCP registered). All have undergone safety CRB checks. We have helped thousands of children and young people to address their concerns and overcome a wide range of difficulties.
Please note: we provide a professional service. We do notuse volunteer and/or non-qualified, non-registered counsellors.
All of our counsellors and psychotherapists are closely supervised.
How long do meetings last?
Unless other arrangements are made, the initial meeting and subsequent meetings will last approximately 50 minutes or shorter depending on the age and capacity of the child.
What usually happens at the first meetings?
Usually for the first appointments, the counsellor will meet the child with the parents or carers present in order to gain an understanding of the situation and address any initial anxieties or worries about attending. At the end of the meeting, we will agree what needs to happen next. If further meetings are required, the timing and frequency will be agreed with you in advance.
Children have the option of meeting the counsellor for a short time without the parents or carers present. There is a seating area close-by where parents/carers can wait.
If preferred, parents can arrange to meet with the counsellor for an initial consultation without your child present. This can also be arranged at other times during the counselling process.
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What if your child is worried about coming to an appointment?
It is very normal for children and adults to experience some initial anxiety about coming to see a new counsellor and, especially, when matters that might be upsetting or the source of worry and anxiety are likely to be discussed. We are aware of this and believe it is important to take things slowly at a pace suitable for each child (and parent/carer).
We also like to spend some time getting to know the child and parent and to talk about things that are going well too as this is an important part of the therapeutic process.
We encourage children to bring along a favourite portable toy or toy figure as this often helps them settle more easily. There are also toys and drawing material available in the counselling room.
What happens at the end of the initial meeting?
At the end of the initial meeting, we will discuss our conclusions and suggestions regarding what could happen next. For example, whether counselling is appropriate, whether or not further meetings are required and who should be involved. Usually, we schedule one or a series of weekly meetings in advance and regularly review progress with you. What you decide to do next is entirely your decision.
How accessible is Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre?
Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre is accessible from Aberdeen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Stonehaven, Ellon, Portlethen, Montrose, Arbroath, Forfar, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Moray, Grampian and North East Scotland.
How Do You Arrange an Appointment?
To arrange an initial consultation appointment for Children's Counselling Aberdeen or to discuss further, a parent, carer, relative or professional should contact us on behalf of the child. (See the contact details below.)
All communications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality and discretion.
Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
14 - 20 John Street