"To learn from the child we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn." - Alice Miller (1923-2010)
'Empathy' is understanding the feelings, thoughts and experiences of another person, as well as the self (in other words, knowledge of the mind). Without empathy a child cannot socialise well, or regulate their own feelings, and this impacts upon their levels of stress, ability to learn in classroom settings, self-confidence, and so on.
As we show empathy to a child, s/he develops empathy for her/himself as well as for others. It is created through relationship. Empathy cannot be created by the child alone.
Child counselling involves therapeutic play and other creative techniques that enable the skilled professional to enter the child's world, and explore his/her difficulties and build empathy in a way that feels safe for the child.
Children are successfully counselled for: trauma, abuse, bullying, being the victim of bullying, anxiety and depression, eating and compulsive disorders, self-harm, being a young carer, behavioural difficulties, bereavement, parental separation and family transitions and changes.
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