I hold an NVQ3 in Adult Health and Social Care, as well as an NVQ3 in Residential Childcare. I have also attended regular training sessions in safeguarding adults and children, as well as other training relevant to the support and care sector.
I have 10 years of experience working with adults and children with autism, and am confident that I can support families, friends, children and young people with Autism through counselling and play therapy.
When working with young people and children, the cooperation of the parent(s) or carer(s) is essential for the process to fully work.
Parents and carers are the main models in a child’s life, including the counsellor they will be seeing and trusting with their feelings and difficulties in expressing what they might be going through.
Therefore, input and support from parents is essential.
As adults, we have learned, through better or worse circumstances, how to work out what we are feeling, how to address it – by seeking counselling ourselves or by talking it through with those closest to us – and work through it to regain balance in life.
As such, we are in a great position to support our children and young people to do the same, understanding that their life experiences are not extensive yet, and are learning to do what we already know how to do, to a greater or lesser degree.
It is also important to be aware that some young people might not want their parents involved in their therapeutic process, which relates to the Gillick Competencies:
“parental right yields to the child’s right to make his own decisions when he reaches a sufficient understanding and intelligence to be capable of making up his own mind on the matter requiring decision.”
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