What can parents expect?
I invite the parent into the first few sessions and this is for a two reasons.
The first being for the child’s benefit. I would not expect a young child to be left with a stranger in any situation and the counselling room is no different. The first few sessions will be relationship building, so we will play ‘get to know you’ games, drawing, chatting. I wouldn’t normally discuss the reason for counselling until the child feels comfortable with us talking about this.
The second reason is for you, as the parent, to feel confident that you feel comfortable leaving your child with me. You are welcome to see my credentials, DBS certificate (police check) and question me as much as you need to feel comfortable. You are also welcome to explore my room and the resources I have.
I wouldn’t normally share with you what we are discussing in our session unless the child would like me to. The reason for this is so you child has that confidentiality to explore their feelings. It is a unique relationship I will have with your child, an adult that they can share anything with.
It is normal to feel strange about this relationship and I am happy to talk this through with you at any point. Please click here for more information about creative counselling.