Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents


Kevin Adheres to his training principles from his level 8 certification for working with children and adolescents from the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy in Dublin (IACP accredited and children first guidelines adherence). This focused a lot on the Sequentially Planned Integrative model Counselling Children (SPICC) model. The main traits of this approach are:

• Selecting an appropriate model to work with the child/adolescent 

• Joining with the child/adolescent at their level 

• Inviting the young person to relate their story 

• Enabling the release of emotions and resolution of issues 

• Empowering the young person 

• Supporting alternative thought processes 

• Supporting alternative behaviours 

Integrating play or games into the therapy with young people can facilitate a corrective experience, permitting comprehension and absorption of that which was emotionally unavailable in earlier circumstances. For these reasons and in the interest of good practice I employ the use of various games, books, arts and crafts, breath work, music and materials as vehicles for the therapy. Beyond play therapy, other interventions that I harness when working with young people include person centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Gestalt therapy, behaviour therapy, reality therapy, and narrative therapy.

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