Conflict in the family can often cause children distress and anxiety. Counselling may help children and young people in dealing with these difficult feelings.
We offer a child and young person counselling service, through Donna Harris. This can run in advance of, alongside, or following family mediation. It is a short-term and time limited service, up to a maximum of three sessions for children between 7-18 years of age.
Counselling for Children & Young People
When emotional difficulties become overwhelming, they can lead to disruptive or withdrawn behaviour, marked changes in academic achievement and low self-esteem.
In providing a confidential safe space for children where difficult feelings can be expressed and explored, counselling enables children to gain a better understanding of themselves and of their situations, helping them develop strategies to manage crises and change. As a result, relationships can improve and behaviour can be managed better.
About Donna Harris
Donna has specialised in working with children and families over the past 30 years.
She is a qualified social worker, family therapist and play & drama therapist. As well as working as a Children’s Guardian, Donna has worked as a mediator and Child Counsellor at the SELFMB.
When not at the Bureau, Donna works at the Tavistock & Portman Clinic in London, an NHS Trust specialising in talking therapies.
About the service
Availability: Saturday mornings, 9.30 – 12.30, at the Bureau, in Bromley.
Fees: SELFMB is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity. We are able to subsidise the cost of counselling for those who cannot afford to pay. There is a scale of fees according to parent’s income.
The full fee for each session is £50. Each session lasts about 45 minutes.
Number of sessions: between 1 – 3
Referrals: please note that consent needs to be given by both parents for child counselling.
Find out more, contact us today
If you would like to take up this service to gain emotional support and a space to think about feelings for your child, you can ask your mediator, or contact Stella Hemphill, our office manager.