Counselling for Young People
Counselling for young people
Few of us are able to work well when we are stressed or unhappy. Experience says that young people find counselling useful in the same way as adults do. If young people are able to receive emotional support from a qualified professional they will have greater opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Just because a young person accesses counselling does not mean anyone has failed. We all experience occasions when it feels hard to speak to those closest to us about things that are bothering us. Often this can be because we don’t want to worry those we love best, or because we want help thinking things through with someone unbiased. It is my role to help young people find their way through whatever is troubling them.
Experience shows that the most helpful thing a parent can do is to show an acceptance of counselling as a normal and useful activity and to show interest if their son/daughter wishes to talk about it, but not to press them if they don’t.
Confidentiality Policy for young people
An essential feature of counselling is the information disclosed is treated confidentially. This enables the young person to open up and share feelings without fear of blame or reprisals. It is also a time when it is acceptable to talk about concerns without fear of them being discussed elsewhere. This includes not discussing the work with parents, unless the young person requests or gives consent for this.
This isn’t an easy situation for caregivers, and it is quite natural for them to feel anxious about what may be being said in the sessions, but ensuring the confidentiality of the work is crucial for establishing trust, so that the young person feels confident to speak openly and freely about what is bothering them.
Although the contents of the sessions will be confidential there are times were the counsellor will reserve the right to breach confidentiality, this maybe when:
- The young person requests, and feels that it is within their best interests, that certain information be passed on.
- Circumstances where there are sufficient grounds to believe that the young person is suffering or is likely to suffer or inflict significant harm.
If the young person appears to be at risk of significant harm it may be appropriate to seek help from other agencies to keep them safe
Any paperwork is kept to a minimum and maintained in an appropriate manner that ensures the preservation of confidentiality and meets with GDPR regulations.
The Grounded Learning Partnership has specialist young people's counsellors who meet the COSCA children and young people competencies