Young people are faced with many difficult situations in their day-to-day lives, such as family separation, bullying, abuse, peer pressure or bereavement. These can be difficult for young people to manage on their own and can sometimes lead to unhealthy responses and behaviours as a way of coping.
Counselling can offer a safe space for young people to talk to somebody outside their family or school about what is troubling them. It helps them to explore their thoughts and feelings and find healthy ways to manage and thrive.
Our Young People’s Counsellors are specially trained to work with young people. Their experience includes ...
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When our daughter turned fifteen, she became argumentative, moody and withdrawn.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.