Elaine Clark

Consultant Children's Practitioner

Specialist Trauma & Bereavement Counsellor for Adults and Children

Safeguarding Kidz

Counselling and Therapy for Children

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The aim of therapy for children is to facilitate the child's communication verbally, non-verbally, symbolically, through play and the expressive arts, and to provide emotional containment so that the child can move on emotionally, socially and educationally.

To ensure that the task of counselling is clear, consistent and safe, it is necessary to define the basic boundaries of the counselling/therapy sessions.

Within the therapeutic environment boundaries of confidentiality are agreed with the child. This is explained to parents/carers at the time of the assessment.

Counselling enables children and young people to gain a better understanding of themselves and situations as well as developing strategies to cope with changes.

Counselling can help with:

  • Confidence building
  • Motivation
  • Self esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Sleep problems
  • Physical problems
  • Time management


Counselling sessions can be supportive for children for many reasons including:


Including emotional, physical, sexual, domestic violence


Disability, drug use, eating disorders, illness, pregnancy


Anxiety, stress, suicidal thoughts, depression, identity, self-harm, inhibited emotional development


Discrimination, identity, pressures from cultural expectations

Relationships and Family

Bereavement, family breakdown, dysfunctional families, divorce


Bereavement, isolation and loneliness, peer relationships, bullying

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