Talking to a counsellor or psychologist can be helpful for any child or young person who is experiencing difficulties.  It is important that the Counsellor or Psychologist has experience of working with young people and appropriate training.  All of our counsellors who are listed here have done specialist training and have experience of working with children and young people. Counselling can be incredibly supportive for children and young people and provide a safe and confidential space where they can talk and work through any problems they are having. 

How does Counselling or Psychology for Children and Young People  work?

We would encourage you to speak to our therapists about the particular experience and training that they have and the way that they work.

Who is Counselling or Psychology for  Children and Young People suitable for?

Counselling or Psychology is for any child or young person that is experiencing problems.

What issues or problems are suited to Counselling or Psychology for Children and Young People?

It can help with a wide range of issues, for example:

  • Anxiety
  • Bonding and attachment
  • disability
  • divorce
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Developmental Issues
  • Grief
  • Physical and Emotional abuse
  • Low self esteem
  • behavioural problems
  • Family issues
  • Addictions
  • Anger issues
  • sexual and gender issues body image and identity
  • Separation anxiety and other childhood fears
  • starting nursery / school and getting on with siblings and peers.
  • Trauma

There doesn’t always need to be a specific ‘issue’. Someone may have a sense or feel that some support would be helpful.

How many sessions will I have?

This will be up to the client, and will be discussed between the therapist and client or  parent/carer if appropriate.

Counsellors and Psychologists who work with Children and Young People at Southside Counselling:

Dee Creggan: Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Dee works as with children and young people, of all ages, as a counsellor. She can incorporate integrative therapies such as play, narrative and creative techniques

Rachel Dimond: Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. 
Rachel is qualified to work with children and young people and is DBS approved. She works with children of 5 years old and upwards.

Lorna Henderson: Psychodynamic Counsellor (12-18 year olds)
Lorna has almost thirty years experience as Pupil Support Manager (guidance teacher). She currently works in a school as a one-to-one support. Lorna works with children and Young People of  12 to 18 years old.

Dr Lindsey Macleod: Clinical Psychologist
Lindsey has over twenty years of experience of working as clinical psychologist with children, young people. As with all her clinical work, Lindsey’s approach to working with children and young people is collaborative, creative and, wherever possible, playful. Lindsey works with children and families from new babies and working with parents to adolescents and young adults.

Mae Thomas: Psychodynamic Counsellor
Mae’s post-qualifying training reflects her interest in working with children, adolescents and families affected by relationship breakdown, trauma and separation. This training has deepened her understanding of attachment issues and child/human development.

Jen Grant: Art Therapist
Jen has several years’ honed experience providing art therapy services for children and families. She works with children and young people of all ages, and where appropriate can offer dyadic work (this is with both carer/parent and the child together). Art therapy works well in allowing children to communicate their feelings and experiences at their own pace.

Nora Smyth: Integrative Counsellor
Nora is passionate about working with children and young people therapeutically and uses an integrated approach of talking, art and play therapy. Nora tailors her therapy to the individual and uses techniques suitable to their age and presenting difficulties. She is trained in both psychodynamic and person-centred approaches and also non-directive play therapy.