Janet has  a history of 10 years working as a speech and language therapist and specialised with children on the autistic spectrum. As a counsellor and CBT therapist, she has undertaken further training as a therapeutic counsellor working with children and adolescents aged 8 years and upwards. 

Children

When a child presents with emotional or behavioural problems, they are not always able to understand what is happening and why. They may also experience difficulties in finding ways of managing or coping with their problems and sharing how they feel about them: A child therapist can help children understand themselves and their feelings in order that they can learn to express them healthily. The therapist can enable the child to work through their problems and learn how to manage themselves and make better choices.

Common Issues:

  • Grief and loss
  • Anger
  • Bullying
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviour management
  • Depression
  • Fears and phobias
  • Attachment issues

 Adolescents

Adolescence can be a difficult and challenging stage in a young person`s life. Beneath the arguing,the apparent selfishness, the annoying habits, the “unsuitable friends”, the rebellion,and the swinging moods, there lies the sadness and insecurity of leaving childhood, fears of adult responsibilities, sexual tensions and worries about peer pressure. This stage in their lives brings with it their need for distance with  their caregivers- making it so much more difficult for carers and parents to offer the support and advice needed. It can be the most painful, insecure, frightening and confusing time in a young person`s life.

Therapy can provide the young person with the emotional support in an honest, non-judgemental and objective setting. The therapist can enable the young person to find better ways in which to understand and express themselves and communicate with others more effectively.

Common Issues:

  • Anxiety and fear
  • Depression
  • Anger and aggression
  • Peer/relationship issues
  • Sexuality issues
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Conflicts with parents and teachers
  • School-related issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Self- harming