Dan Higgs, MBACP, Dip Couns, BSc (Hons)
I specialise in face-to-face and online counselling for young people (11 -18 Years) and adult counselling from my private practice in Teddington. I also offer online and telephone counselling for clients across the UK and provide online services engaging children in counselling
Young Person Counselling
Are you worried about your child?
I specialise in supporting children and young people aged 11 to 18 who are struggling with low mood, poor self-esteem, identity issues, friendships, anxiety, panic attacks, parental separation, grief, self-harming or suicidal thoughts. The aim is to understand and explore what is troubling them, find their voice and improve their mood and their relationships.
Are you unable to sleep at night from worrying about your child? Do you feel helpless and confused about why your child is depressed, anxious, uncommunicative, self-harming or having suicidal thoughts? Are you scared about losing your relationship with your child or of losing your child altogether?
No one wants to feel that way. Imagine feeling less anxious about your child. Imagine your child finding their voice, and their identity and developing into a confident, happy young person with interests and positive relationships with friends, family and teachers.
I can offer your child a confidential space to share how they are feeling and to explore what is going on in their world. I can support them to make sense of the things that are troubling them and find a way to share their feelings with the important people in their lives such as you, their parents.
I am experienced in building strong relationships with the young people I work with. In addition, my relationship with you as a parent is also really important to me and I offer an initial session with you and your child so that we can establish altogether how your child and I will work together. I can also meet you separately at first if you prefer. In addition, I offer optional review sessions, where appropriate, which you are invited to so that your child can share their progress with you.
Online counselling can be particularly helpful for your child if they suffer from social anxiety or find being in a new environment difficult. It equalises the relationship; instead of being in a random office they are in their own environment and are likely to feel far more comfortable.
We all need help from time to time and seeking out counselling is an acknowledgement that we can’t always do it alone. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk things through with someone who is impartial.
You may have a particular problem or perhaps you just don’t feel ok, but you’re not sure why. You may be able to identify current events or relationships that are troubling you, or maybe there are past situations that still affect you; often there is no clear cause.
Counselling provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental, impartial space for you to explore what’s troubling you and to work through difficult or conflicting feelings. Counselling can help you to gain clarity and a different perspective and to help you understand yourself better, rediscovering your inner resources which can enable you to take the first positive steps towards change.
Online and Face to Face £70
The initial consultation is designed to get an idea of the difficulties you are currently grappling with. In the session, you will be asked a bit about your background, family dynamics and medical history.
It can sometimes be a bit daunting meeting a therapist for the first time but I want to assure you that I will endeavour to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
The initial consultation is there to give us both a chance to see if we can work together and for you as the client to feel comfortable with me as your counsellor.
Face To Face Sessions
Therapy is an opportunity to focus on your mental wellbeing. You may feel unsure of where to start. Having more time, allows you to explore not only your present difficulties but also perhaps when and where they began.
Therapy often helps you gain insight into your internal mental and emotional processes. We lead busy lives and very rarely do we take time to consider why we feel the way we do. Gaining insight will help you regain some control and choice over how you feel.
£50 (Reduced Fee)
I offer secure online consultations for those individuals who have difficulty getting to the appointments. The same fees and session blocks apply. Online counselling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy for many client needs, with the added benefits of convenience.
If suitable, I can offer secure telephone or video counselling sessions by Zoom. Please get in touch to discuss your needs.
Broad Street Teddington TW11 8QZ