Counselling is a safe place for teens to explore their thoughts, feelings and concerns without being judged. SouthWest Counselling Centre also works closely with schools and youth groups in the Kerry area.
At South West counselling centre it is our policy to:
- Respect and believe young people.
- Give young people a voice.
- Value young people’s stories and personal histories.
- Provide support on behalf of the young person and work with parents/guardians if necessary.
- Take appropriate action to ensure young people are safe and free from abuse.
The counsellor can work in a variety of ways to help you express yourself e.g. Art work, games etc. You will work together with your counsellor to find what suits you. Sometimes you may just want to talk and be heard as many teenagers feel that no one listens. Young people come for counselling for many reasons; For example, difficulties with:
- Relationships – siblings, parents, friends, teachers, peers.
- Alcohol and drugs.
- Self harm.
- Suicidal thoughts.
- Low self esteem and confidence.
- Bereavement and loss.
- Parents splitting up.
- Feeling fed up.
- Abuse and violence.
Sessions last 45–60 minutes. You can attend for as long or as short a time as you want. You will know when you have done enough. The sessions are confidential between you and the counsellor. The only time confidentially is breached is when the therapist fears for your safety or another person’s safety, or where you disclose abuse.