In today’s society children and young people are faced with many difficult situations. Family separation, peer pressure and lifestyle issues are common and can lead to social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
If you’re a parent, Counselling can offer your children the opportunity to share their problems and be heard compassionately. Talking can help them to release their feelings, manage anxieties and live a happier life.
If you’re a young person, you might feel nervous about talking to someone you don’t know. This is perfectly normal and we understand how hard it can be. But when things are bothering you, it’s often easier to talk with someone outside your family. No-one will know what you’ve discussed unless you decide to tell them.
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When our daughter turned fifteen, she became argumentative, moody and withdrawn. It just seemed to happen overnight. We hadn’t a clue what was going. She went from being this beautiful, happy child who was doing really well at school, to someone we didn’t recognise. We kept telling each other it would pass but one day I walked into her room while she was getting dressed and, to my horror, saw a number of cuts on the top of her legs. Some looked as if they had just happened, others were healed or healing. I felt the blood drain from my body and thought I was going to collapse. Her yelling at me to get out, brought me back to consciousness.
I called Bob to come home immediately which he did and we both stood, almost paralysed not knowing what to do before going online. Reading as much as we could, we took a little comfort in finding out that self-harm is a coping mechanism and not usually a suicide attempt. However, we knew we had to get help as soon as possible.
Sarah was still in her room so we agreed that I would go up and talk to her, in case she might feel overwhelmed by seeing us both. I knocked and waited and luckily she asked me in. She was dressed and sitting on her bed. She looked like a little girl. I sat beside her and put my arms arounds her and she sobbed into my shoulder. She couldn’t talk to me about it which was very painful, but she agreed to talk to my sister. They were always close and, in the days that followed, Sarah’s aunt was there to listen. After about a couple of weeks and to my relief, Sarah said she would see a professional.
We watched her improve over the following months as she began to get involved in things again. It was probably the most terrifying period in our lives and, at times, the feeling of powerlessness seemed unbearable. Sarah’s Counsellor taught us how to work together as a family, support Sarah and each other. Something like this is every parent’s nightmare, but we learned to be patient and not to push her. She is so much happier now and is getting better every day. We’ve got our daughter back and there just aren’t the words to describe the relief and gratitude we feel.