Space counselling provides counselling services to children and young people in a private room
especially equipped for this age group and also in schools across Northern Ireland. I work in a child-
centred way and different approaches are used depending on the age of the child or young person
and the specific issues or difficulties they are experiencing.
My experience is that a little counselling help for an unhappy child early in their lives can have an
immensely beneficial impact on their life chances.
Developing trusting relationships with a child can begin the process of helping that child to manage
change and difficulties, find answers that make sense in their world and draw on resources within
them and around them.
I help younger children and children with additional needs express themselves through many
different mediums including art, play, drama and puppets. Children often use play and creativity to
help understand their world.
Many teenagers struggle with how they feel. They often have trouble negotiating the world around
them and it can be a very daunting time. Problems with friends, school, family, anxiety, anger,
depression, scared, relationships, sexual orientation and they need to talk to someone but find it
difficult to talk to someone they know.
Here at Space I can help teenagers talk things through, support them without making them feel
judged and offer confidentiality (unless they disclose that their personal safety or someone else’s
personal safety is at risk).
Sometimes talking is too much and in those circumstances I use a range of creative approaches to
support the individual young person.