Counselling for children 11 and up!
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Healthy Balance provides mental health services to children, adults and adolescents age 11and up. We are here to empower your child or teen to make healthy and happy choices so they stay winning! All our practitioners are experienced, qualified and registered with relevant registration bodies.
We understand that your child's mental health is crucially important. Your child may not think of themselves as a kid, but we recognise that under 18, young minds are not only inexperienced at dealing with the complexities and chaos often in their path, but brains are also still being modelled and influenced. What is even more confusing is that adolescents frequently look like adults! These are issues which our counsellor and CBT practitioner Norma Gardner understands when it comes to helping adolescents through the challenges of growing up. Together with your child, she will help them learn to celebrate and negotiate their individuality, deal with or normalise their insecurities, and help them discover the tools for a rewarding and authentic life. When necessary, Norma's work with children and adults has the benefit of being professionally supported by other clinicians in - clinical psychology, adult counselling, hypnotherapy, couples therapy and General Practice when required.
This service provides help for:
What is counselling?
Counsellors are trained to listen to people and give them advice about their problems. They treat identifiable, traumatic life events which have been causing distress. They work with clients who have issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship problems, anger, habits such as facial tics, drug or alcohol abuse and sleep problems in order to help them move past these challenges.
What is CBT?
By challenging some of our thinking we can change our lives for the better. Unhelpful beliefs, ideas, and mental pictures can stop us in our tracks and prevent us moving forwards and fulfilling our true potential. They can lead us to become slaves to our thoughts and sabotage positive change. With CBT we learn to step back from our thoughts and to challenge the negative automatic thoughts that have become habitual, replacing them with flexible, healthy beliefs that are still consistent with reality. CBT is life-changing and empowers us to examine our preferences, challenge our fears and attain what we truly want from life.
Everyone can benefit from CBT as it genuinely builds self-confidence and helps with personal development, but it is particularly useful for those who may be struggling with anxiety and/or depression and low self-esteem.It is goal-orientated and provides life-long tools for living a rewarding authentic life.
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is the NHS approved treatment of choice for depression.
How long does treatment take?
Depending on the issues presented, the length of counselling therapy can be from one session to several sessions. After the initial session, it would be agreed if a number of sessions should be planned. A review would be carried out after six sessions and it would be discussed whether to end therapy, have a break or continue with therapy. Sometimes it is helpful to have a break after a course of therapy and resume work again later, if there are other issues the client wishes to address. Sessions are typically one hour. Clinical Psychologists also work flexibly with clients and sessions are usually an hour.
CBT is a structured 6 session programme with some practical homework which tests out the positive consequences of acting on any changes in thinking discussed during the session. Sessions may be slightly longer than an hour.
Where does therapy take place?
Unless a child is referred to a specialist psychiatrist, all therapy sessions take place at Healthy Balance Mediclinic where there is a dedicated custom fitted counselling room. Clients benefit from a warm atmosphere, the safety of a fully staffed building, 100% privacy, and confidentiality plus safeguarding measures as required by our CQC registration.