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Counselling Information for Parents

Information for Parents

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All parents usually try their best to help their children and young people to grow and develop to their full potential but sometimes this can feel really challenging for parents especially when children hit their teenage years. Young people face a lot of challenges during their teenage years and sometimes, no matter how well they get on with their parents, they may find it hard to talk to them.

Having a problem or concern can often affect a young person’s behaviour, school-work and relationships at home and this can be worrying for both them and their parents.  Working with a counsellor, who is independent of all these, may be able to help.

How can counsellors help? 

Counselling servicesCounselling offers young people a space to talk about their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. It helps them to share any worries or problems they may have and to build their confidence and self-esteem. Counsellors are trained to relate well and to listen without judging. They can help young people express and explore their thoughts and feelings about what is worrying them and make some sense of their responses and experiences, enabling them to manage themselves more positively.  What is discussed during the sessions is confidential, but the young person is told that the counsellor may discuss their problems with other people and agencies and get help from them if he or she thinks the young person is at risk or in danger.

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What issues can counsellors help with?

There can be lots of issues affecting young people growing up which counselling can offer help with

  • Friendships
  • Bullying
  • Schoolwork and Exam Pressures
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Family Relationships
  • Family Separations and Changes
  • Gender and Sexuality Issues
  • Loss or Death of Someone Close
  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Impact of Social Media
  • Effects of Physical, Emotional or Sexual Abuse
  • Effects of Domestic Violence

Who are the counsellors?

Step 2 counselling services

Step2 has a team of counsellors who are carefully selected for their experience and counselling qualifications. They are all fully qualified and are members of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). As such they adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for good practice. They are all required to provide references to show their suitability for the post and pass appropriate police checks. They will have obtained, or be aiming for, BACP accreditation or equivalent. All the counsellors at Step2 have significant experience of working with young people.

Step 2 supporting families

How can a parent or carer support the counselling?

  • If you think your young person might benefit from counselling, talk to them about it, show them this website and see what they think.

    Our experience tells us that counselling works best when young people feel it has been their choice and decision to attend rather than being told they have to come.
  • If your young person engages with counselling, it will help if you show an interest if they want to talk to you about it, without pushing it if they prefer not to discuss it.
  • If you are able to support with reminding your young person about their appointment and getting your young person to their appointment, then that can help.
  • It is important to note that counselling is not a ‘quick fix’, and sometimes it takes a while to feel the benefit.

How can my young person access counselling and what happens when they do?

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  • Once you have spoken with your young person about accessing counselling and they have agreed it is something they would like to try, you can complete the online referral form. If you have any questions or need to discuss further please contact Pauline on 07985 127 097
  • You will be contacted by us when an appointment becomes available.
    We try to see people as quickly as possible but sometimes there is a short waiting time. The young person will be oferred a choice of working in person or remotely via secure video link (Zoom).
  • You may drop your young person off at the start of their sessions and collect them at the end. The sessions last for 1hr. You are welcome to ask to meet with counsellor at the start of the first session so you know who your young person is seeing. However, the counsellor will not be able to share the content of the counselling sessions with you.
  • During the first session the counsellor will explain how they work to the young person and they will decide together what the focus of the work will be. The young person will be given a choice about whether to return. If they chose to engage, they will be asked to attend every week for six weeks.Contact Step 2
    At this point the counsellor and the young person will review the work they are doing and decide whether to continue for another six weeks if necessary. If the young person feels they have done enough, they will end the work there.

  • Counselling is free of charge
  • If you have any concerns whilst your young person is seeing a counsellor at Step2, you can contact Pauline the counselling manager.