Young people - secondary school age
Coming to counselling is not much different if you are a young person or an adult. We will still be doing the same basic things: talking about what is going on in your life, how you feel, what it is like to be you.
However, confidentiality is a bit different. Meetings are still highly confidential, unless I am concerned for your safety or the safety of someone else. Then I would tell you my concern and we would talk about it together. Next, I would have to tell your parents or the Oxfordshire Children and Young People Safeguarding Board. This is in accordance with The Children Act 2004 and the Oxfordshire Children and Young People Safeguarding Board -
I have a clear enhanced DBS check.
Usually it is parents who make the first contact with me to arrange counselling and I am happy to talk with them before the first counselling meeting about what their concerns are. In the first meeting with a young person, parents usually come in too for the first 10 minutes This is to talk over practical arrangements and to agree about
confidentiality, but is also an opportunity to ask me any questions you might have. Once counselling
begins, however, I would meet with the young person on their own and I would respect their confidence.
Sometimes I check in with parents, to see how they feel things are and to tell them whether the counselling is going well. Sometimes parents want to have a session on their own or with the young person. Sometimes I meet with parents because the young person feels it would be helpful. .
It is important to be clear that I do not break confidences of any sessions that I have with anyone. Please see the Confidentiality section higher up this page.
Counselling Parents of Young People
Sometimes just parents - either alone or with another parent - come for counselling to help them to improve communication and relationships with their teenage children.