Michelle Higgins Counselling and Training
For children, young people, parents, teachers and safeguarding leads
Talking about things is not always easy for children and young people. I offer a range of creative resources
to engage children in activities through
art and play as a way to begin to
open up and to express difficult feelings and experiences.
Adolescents may be less interested in a playful approach, therefore I have a range of resources suitable for teens that aid discussion.
As a person-centred counsellor, the quality of the relationship I am able to develop with my young client is essential, and it is this that forms the basis of my therapeutic approach. I always ensure that young people are in control of the work we do and the direction it takes.
I work with children age 8+, adolescents and young adults.
For further information download the Parent Information Sheet and the Young Person Information Sheet.
Young Person Leaflet
While having children can be wonderful and joyful, it is also a reality that being a parent or carer can be a challenging, exhausting and lonely experience at times.
Keeping up with the changes that come with children's continual development is tough and it can be hard to make sense of difficult situations and to figure out what to do next.
Many different factors can make family life difficult and it should not be surprising that a parent can find themselves struggling; feeling stressed and unhappy sometimes.
It can feel impossible to meet everyone else's needs, so looking after yourself can come way down the list of priorities as a parent.
I offer parent counselling sessions where any issues can be explored, but also where issues related to parenting and family life might be a focus.
Schools are not always easy places to work. For a long time the education system has been forced to respond to constant changes.
Currently, there are so many demands and expectations faced by students, teachers, head teachers and teaching assistants.
Staff in schools are giving out every day. Teachers are under increased pressure to meet targets, to deal with challenging behaviour, to support parents and families, to ensure students achieve academic success, and to look after young people's emotional well-being.
Yet many teachers say they have no time to look after their own emotional health. It is not surprising, that for some, the very joy of teaching and working with young people, that brought school staff into education in the first place can dissolve and become a distant memory.
Despite the enormous demands placed on teachers, they are not super-human. Many experience feelings of resentment, stress, anger and disillusionment. This can unwittingly be transferred to the children they teach, as well as have a detrimental impact to their own relationships and family life.
I offer counselling for teachers, head teachers, support staff and safe-guarding leads.
What is counselling
It’s a chance to talk over difficult issues in confidence with someone who will listen without judgment, in an atmosphere of respect and empathy, based on a secure and trusting working relationship.
It’s an opportunity to focus on specific concerns, make choices, cope with crises, work through feelings of conflict, and improve relationships with others.
How counselling can help children and young people
The emotional well-being of children and young people is just as important as their physical health. It is also as important as educational achievement in terms of having a fulfilled future.
Children show us how they are feeling through their actions and behaviour. Often difficult behaviour is a sign of a child’s emotional distress.
Teenagers often experience emotional turmoil as their mind and bodies develop. An important part of growing up is working out and accepting who they are. This can be difficult with so many other pressures to deal with such as, peer relationships, school work and social media.
Just like adults, children and young people can also struggle to deal with a
traumatic experience or natural life events, like family issues and bereavement. Feeling low, anxious or angry, and finding it difficult to manage and express emotions are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
For children and adolescents, having someone to talk to outside of their family and friendship networks can be helpful. Having time and space to think through what’s going on in their lives, and finding ways through difficulties that make sense to them, builds their confidence and self-esteem.