Information for parents and carers

We support children and young people through bereavement and trauma through counselling and art therapy one to one sessions and groups.

You are welcome to contact our service for further information or any queries you might have before making a referral.

Here are some answers to questions we get asked...

Counselling at The Miracle Foundation is a series of one to one sessions where a child or young person has the opportunity to talk about issues that are of concern to them with a qualified counsellor, in confidence. The counsellor will listen without judgement, encourage and empathise, but will also work to help the child or young person to see their issues more clearly or from a different perspective.

"Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change and/or enhance their wellbeing"
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Art therapy at The Miracle Foundation is provided in groups or one to one sessions where a child or young person has the opportunity to work with a qualified art therapist to explore and have a safe outlet for their feelings and emotions.

"Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing."
British Association of Art Therapists .

Sessions take place here at The Miracle Foundation in a safe and private room. Counselling sessions are 50 minutes, art therapy session are 60 minutes and group sessions are 90 minutes. Sessions will usually take place on the same day at the same time each week. We aim to be as flexible as we can around the child or young person and parent/guardian's schedules.

This depends on the child or young person as some attend therapy for a few sessions and some attend for longer. Therapy at The Miracle Foundation typically involves 10-12 sessions. There are regular reviews between the counsellor and child or young person and their parent / guardian is kept informed.

It can often be hard to speak to those closest to us about what is upsetting us. Sometimes parents may feel that if their child wants to go to counselling that this reflects badly on their relationship. Children and young people often choose to do this as they do not want to worry their parent or cause them upset by saying how they truly feel. Often a parent is grieving themselves and young people have told us that they feel they do not want to add to their parent’s sadness. It can be useful for a child or young person to have some time outside their family to think things through. The Counsellor will not be judging you or your child in any way, but instead looking to support them through their bereavement or trauma.

Parents / carers can support their child by being accepting of them attending therapy and viewing it as a helpful and supportive activity for them to engage with. If your child wishes to talk about anything from their sessions then we would encourage you to show an interest. We would ask you not to question your child about their therapy sessions if they do not wish to talk. We acknowledge that this can be difficult to do but it is important for your child that they know they have a confidential and safe space to explore their feelings and emotions. We have found that in time, children and young people will often talk more to their parents / carers about how they are feeling.

Any information given by child or young person and their families is treated in the strictest confidence. The exception to this would be if a child or young person was at risk of harm and we would have to seek help from other agencies. We would discuss this with the child or young person and parent/guardian if appropriate.

t is important that your child or young person knows that anything created or discussed in counselling is confidential and this includes not discussing the work with parents, unless the child or young person requests or gives consent for this. This can be difficult for parents/ carers, but ensuring the confidentiality of the work is crucial for establishing trust so that a child or young person feel confident to speak openly and freely about what is concerning them.

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Support lines for young people: 07726 579734 or 07496 256736

Support line for parents and carers: 01698 760479

All lines open Monday to Friday 10am till 6pm.

We are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out then send us an application form

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