ONLINE CHILD COUNSELLING
Are you worried about your child?
My name is Ellie Finch and I'm a counsellor. I specialise in supporting children and young people aged 8-18 who are struggling with low mood, poor self-esteem, identity issues, friendships, anxiety, panic attacks, parental separation, grief, self-harming or suicidal thoughts to understand and explore what is troubling them, to find their voice and improve their mood and their relationships.
I’ve worked with many children and young people with caring parents like you.
Are you unable to sleep at night for worrying about your child? Do you feel helpless and confused about why your child is depressed, anxious, uncommunicative, self-harming or having suicidal thoughts. Are you scared about losing your relationship with your child or of losing your child all together?
No one wants to feel that way. Imagine feeling less anxious about your child. Imagine your child finding their voice, their identity and developing in to a confident, happy young person with interests and positive relationships with friends, family and teachers.
I can offer your child a confidential space to share how they are feeling and to explore what is going on in their world. I can support them to make sense of the things that are troubling them and find a way to share their feelings with the important people in their lives such as you, their parent.
I am very experienced at building a strong relationship with the young people I work with. In addition, my relationship with you as a parent is also really important to me and I offer an initial session with you and your child so that we can establish altogether how your child and I will work together. I can also meet you separately at first if you prefer. In addition, I offer optional review sessions, where appropriate, which you are invited to so that your child can share their progress with you.
I specialise in working online and via telephone. This means I can connect with your child on their terms, wherever they are, using whatever means they are most comfortable with; chat, email, voice or video over whatsapp, facetime, zoom, computer games, virtual sandtrays, avatar therapy or phone.
Online and telephone counselling have been proven to be just as effective as face-to-face counselling and, in my experience, they can work even better. I’ve found using computer games and apps such as Minecraft in counselling to be a fantastically effective way to engage children and young people.
In addition to Minecraft , I use virtual therapy rooms to engage children and young people and make use of the online medium by integrating music, film clips, online board games, informative videos and video books and more in to my online practice.
Online and telephone counselling can be particularly helpful for your child if they suffer from social anxiety or find being in a new environment difficult. It equalises the relationship; instead of being in a random office they are in their own environment and are likely to feel far more comfortable. And with counselling using games and apps like Minecraft they are in a familiar space online too, they are in their safe space and it is there where the restorative work can begin.
INNOVATIVE AND CREATIVE WAYS OF PROVIDING COUNSELLING TO CHILDREN ONLINE
Choose your favourite
COUNSELLING USING MINECRAFT
Games like Minecraft can be positive social environments where children and young people can learn social and emotional skills. Minecraft is like Lego or a sandtray – creative resources that would often be used by counsellors in face-to-face counselling.
TEXT MESSAGE COUNSELLING
Some children and young people prefer to express themselves through text chat. Text messaging is a medium via which they often feel much more comfortable communicating. I offer text message counselling and find it a great way to engage children and young people who would otherwise have struggled to engage with counselling.
Built using 3D gaming technology, ProReal’s immersive platform helps users create a visual representation of how they experience a situation, enabling them to explore different perspectives, visualise futures and solve problems.
Clients experience increased self-awareness and rapid empathy-building, leading to improved relationships. The use of ProReal is associated with significant reductions in stress when used in school counselling settings.