Children & Young People

Children & Young people’s counselling can help in times of anxiety or stress or when life feels difficult, and is available in school or at one of our centres.

Children & Young People’s Counselling (aged 8-25) can help when

      • Parents separate or divorce
      • Parents have serious physical or mental health problems
      • Families become extended, blended or step families
      • Family members die
      • Families move house/children move school
      • School life is difficult for one reason or another, eg bullying, exams, worrying about the future
      • There are arguments with parents
      • There are difficulties with friends and/or romantic relationships
      • There are transgender issues
      • Children and young people have issues around sexuality and sexual orientation

How Relateen can help

Young people can find it difficult to cope with change especially when it involves divided loyalties when parents separate or divorce. Counselling gives a young person the chance to talk with an adult who is not involved. This can help with conflicting emotions and unreasonable behaviours.

Problems which can be helped by counselling

Counselling can help when home life is unsettled because of difficulties such as arguments between parents, arguments between parents and children, step-family adjustments, impact of physical or mental health problems, divorce, separation, bereavement or difficulties at school.  While counselling around family relationships are important what we bring to counselling young people is much more than this, covering a range of related and seemingly unrelated issues.

Coming to The Relationship Hub

If your young person is 11-18 they will be seen on their own by a Relateen counsellor who will meet with them for up to an hour.  They can then decide if they wish to continue.

If your child is 10 or under the first appointment will be with the parent only, to get your perspective and obtain your written consent for counselling.  Further sessions will then be offered to the child on their own, if they are happy with that or with the parent it that is their preference.

We will usually be able to offer you an appointment within a week.

Contribution to cost of counselling

If you are a young person who wants to come without your parents’ knowledge then we recognise you will probably not be able to make a contribution.

If you are 18-25 and in employment we ask that you make a contribution.  This will not apply if you are a young person in full time education or unemployed

How many sessions will I/we need?

This is for you to decide. The average number of sessions is around six.

Confidentiality and Disclosure

Our service is confidential to each client. No information about you will be given to any outside agency or person. The only exception to this is if anyone is at risk of harm, particularly a child, and we will discuss this with you.

Domestic abuse

If a young person is witnessing domestic abuse, we will prioritise the safety and well being of the young person and may need to talk with a parent about safety matters.