Children and Young People's Counselling
For young people, growing up is difficult enough without all of the feelings they experience, which they may find difficult to make sense of, or manage.
Children develop by adapting to their environment and creating attachments with their caregivers. As they grow, there are times when what they experience differs from what they believe in, or how they have been taught as an infant. If their emotional and physical needs weren’t met as they grew up (for whatever reason), they may struggle to create relationships with others or find it difficult to know who they are.
When young people are struggling with events and feelings that they find hard to make sense of or share with others, they sometimes resort to anger, both verbal and physically acting out. This can have a significant impact on families, friends and as well as the young person themselves, and they may turn to destructive behaviours such as violence, self-harm and eating disorders to comfort, cope or gain control.
If you are a young person struggling with emotions or life situations, our team can offer someone who will listen to you, accept you as you are, respecting your views and have time for you, valuing what you say and giving you space to share the “difficult stuff”, as well as giving you the space to work things out in your own time, in your own way.
We aim to help you discover your own solutions and ways of coping so you gain confidence in your own ability and develop the skills to support you through the difficult periods in your life.
At New Dawn we aim to create a safe and confidential space to support young people and empower them to share whatever they choose to. We work holistically to meet a diverse group of young people presenting issues relating to the topics listed below and many more.
Anxiety and depression
Parent’s separation and divorce
Coping with bullying
The loss of somebody close to you
Lack of confidence and low self-esteem
Abuse or other traumatic experiences
Please contact us to book an assessment, those under 16 years of age will need an adult’s consent.
At New Dawn we have the facilities and expertise to work with the whole family. What this looks like depends on the family. Every family is different. If you feel that you would like to explore family therapy, please contact us directly to discuss what support we can offer.
Costs and Booking
Appointments are available at various times Monday to Thursday. From 9.30 am until 8pm (last session finishing at 9pm). On Fridays we are open 9.30pm to 4pm
Your first session will be an assessment to discuss your needs.
The charge for individual assessment is £35. Family assessment starts at £42, please contact us to discuss full details.
The price of a single counselling session varies from £30.00 to £45.00 for individuals and £60 for family therapy sessions depending on which counsellor you see.
Our counsellors sometimes offer concessions to people who cannot afford to pay the full fee.
New Dawn’s bursary fund may also provide financial assistance to help people pay for counselling with us.
As a community interest company any profit we make is put back into our bursary to help people receive counselling when they need it most.