One-to-one Child &

Young People Counselling

Child and young people therapist, Samia Quddus offers one-to-one counselling, integrating play and creativity, for children and young people aged 4-18 years. Individual talking therapy is also utilised with young people where preferred. Sessions are 50 minutes and take place at the same day and time, each week. 

Samia's therapeutic approach is integrative. This allows her to draw on the strengths of various counselling approaches; attachment theory, person centred, psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, play therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy as well as neuroscience, which is particularly useful when working with children and young people.  An integrative approach further helps Samia to explore a client's thoughts and feelings that may be triggering their difficulties.

A typical session

The sessions provide a safe and confidential space to explore and work through things. Within a dynamic relationship, young client's can express through play, creativity or simply their chosen method. Young people may prefer a talking approach. Free direction allows young client's to experience a sense of control within professionally supported and negotiated boundaries. 

Where appropriate, Samia will make verbal reflections and bring to the young client's awareness what she makes of their communication and experiences. Feeling understood and having experiences or emotions validated is beneficial in developing the young client's emotional literacy and resilience.

How we meet

Meetings take place in a safe, comfortable and spacious therapy space. 


An assessment is made with the young client's parents/ carers prior to any counselling work.  This is an opportunity for Samia to gain a background history and form an understanding of presenting difficulties.

Working with Parents/ Carers

Samia welcomes working in partnership with parents/ carers. Once counselling commences, regular consultations ensure that the young client's needs and goals are kept in mind. Discussions can address progress, areas of difficulty and practical strategies to support parents/ carers. 

Parents/ carers often want support for their children and young people as early as possible. One-to-one child and young people's counselling is an effective early intervention strategy which can support positive emotional well-being.

The following areas are typical difficult life experiences where counselling can help, but is not limited to:

  • Bereavement, parental divorce or separation

  • Anxiety, stress, worry, anger

  • Transitions - new school term/ year

  • SAT's, exam stress, study pressures

  • Family/ peer issues and relationships

  • Relocation, refugee, displacement

  • Trauma, abuse, neglect

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