Specialist Child and Young People's Counsellor in Brentwood, Essex (close to Romford, Chelmsford, Basildon)
I offer child and young people's counselling and therapeutic child and teenage support.
Sometimes life can be difficult. You may be concerned that there has been a change in your child's mood or behavior. Not only we as parents but also our children and young people can go through phases where not everything is going to plan. And sometimes those challenging situations can become especially difficult for our children. There might have been a bereavement, exam stress, bullying or sudden life changes have had an impact on their self esteem. Your child might have reacted now by becoming angry, anxious, withdrawn, a bit more challenging or has developed difficulties in school. Sometimes they also struggle to find good friends, put themselves at risk or their physical health becomes affected. Often this happens because they have become overwhelmed or have not found a way to understand and express how they are feeling. Considering counselling or therapy for your child may seem daunting but in these situations it can help to support our children to make sense of what is happening for them. The affordable counselling and therapeutic support I offer can help with the child and teenage problems at hand and it is also effective if the difficulties your child encounters have become more serious.
My name is Lea Schmitt-Eschle. I am a fully qualified, BACP registered (MBACP)and DBS checked child and adolescent counsellor and have undergone an intense training to specialise in working with children's and young people's problems. In my counselling sessions I provide an integrative approach combining aspects of play therapy, psychotherapeutically informed support, newest neuroscientific approaches and young people's counselling. I use creative arts media such as clay, paint, role play, puppetry, sand tray work as well as reflective dialogue. By exploring the themes that matter to each child in a playful, metaphoric way, we find ways to express feelings and motivations, address worries and anxieties. This is how we gently open a path for them to cope better with the challenges they are facing and support their self esteem. This can also help address more serious mental health problems like self-harm, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, obsessive or oppositional defiant behavior. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in my home clinic in Brentwood within easy reach from Chelmsford, Romford and Basildon in Essex.
I offer a first meeting and assessment for 20£. Subsequent sessions are charged with 45£. I am able to adapt the length of our work to the needs of your child. You can contact me by emailing me here.
Child and Adolescent Counsellor offering therapeutic child and teenage support a well as child and young people's counselling in Brentwood, Essex (close to Romford, Chelmsford, Basildon and Billericay)
My blog for the interested and informed parent (25thNov2018):
Research has shown that the use of social media and online information can have a huge impact on our child's self image and self esteem. From a very early age the way children are presenting themselves -and the way they are perceived by others -has a significant impact on the way they develop socially and emotionally. This is why we as parents tend to keep a close eye on what happens at playtime, after school clubs and extracurricular activities. Unfortunately it is not as easy to supervise our children during their online activities and on social media. A lot can happen online that can bypass our attention and the effect on our children appears often not directly connected.
On the other hand our children are easily entertained with YouTube contents and Instagram searches. They are using their devices when we are busy with the other- often never ending- parenting tasks and this can help to keep the peace during our hectic and busy lives. Still the dangers of too much and unsupervised use of mobile phones and social media are obvious: Our children and adolescents are very easily exposed to themes and images we perhaps would not like them to have access to. As a result we are not able to control the effects this might have on them. It is highly advisable to make sure we know that what happens on their devices so we are able to regulate the impact this can have on our children and teens. Please find useful online advice for parents here.