themes are picked up on which spill into other strands of their life. The client finds their own autonomy.
This is all great when counselling like that offered by Place2Be is available in schools for children or a variety of therapies are readily available to adults. Play led school counselling is becoming far more
common in cities and Place2Be work in Edinburgh and Glasgow. However, the first hurdle, I had to get over when working outwith schools or NHS referrals was children not being used to having counsellors around or knowing any peers who had a counsellor. This is sometimes the case with adults who may expect counselling to be like the CBT type sessions predominantly offered through the NHS too. There should be no stigma in wanting to maintain good emotive and mental health throughout life, from childhood through to old age.
It was a travesty to work in agencies outwith the big cities and see children who only knew what they saw in films. There seemed to be a real fear of coming to counselling, a stigma and a thinking there must be something really wrong with them. Each time, it took several sessions to overcome this. This is in comparison with children actively seeking counsellors out at schools and smiles with greetings as I would walk down the corridor.
Immediately, seeing the deficits and how children as well as adults were being failed, cycles of hurt entrenched, I wanted to open a service outwith the cities, central to other Scottish locations where I could make a difference in mental health. My drive was that this would help the little people who would become big people who would maybe have their own little people, able to handle their own emotions, take care of their well-
And for the big people, just like me, who didn’t get help like that when they were little people, perhaps don’t have the tools to develop fuller emotive and mental well-
The simple truth is, we care.
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