Children and Adolescent Counselling

Children Adolescent Counselling IrelandAt Living Life, we offer counselling to children ages 5 – 13 years old and also to adolescents ages 13 – 17 years old. Our child and adolescent counsellors will have specialist training and experience in this area of work. Counsellors will engage children in their emotional world through play therapy or creative arts therapy, this can help them to express and explore their feelings and emotions.

For children and adolescents under the age of 16 both parents or legal guardians’ consent are required prior to counselling beginning. For adolescents over the age of 16 written consent form a parent or legal guardian is sufficient prior to counselling beginning.

Parents can book an appointment for children under the age of 18 by calling our office directly on +353 1 286 6729. We would expect parents to attend initial appointments for children on their own, and adolescents over the age of 13 may attend initial appointments on their own or have a parent present. Once the child or adolescent has been placed with a counsellor they would see their counsellor one to one without their parent present.

Children or adolescents may find counselling beneficial for:

  • Bullying
  • Parents separating
  • Bereavement
  • Issues at school
  • School transitions


What a counsellor can offer:

  • A safe and confidential space to explore issues
  • Expertise and skills to work safely with children and adolescents
  • Help children and adolescents understand their feelings and emotions
  • Help children and adolescents build coping skills

What a counsellor will not do:

  • Offer parenting advice or tell you what to do
  • Offer help with practical problems such housing or financial
  • Offer medical advice or advice on behavioural assessments
  • Talk about themselves during sessions
  • Arrange contact outside of sessions times


In order to use our service parents arranging counselling for a child or adolescent will identify with one or more of the below:

  • In receipt of social welfare benefits (illness, disability, jobseekers allowance etc.)
  • A low household income
  • Unemployment
  • In receipt of a medical card
  • Unable to afford private services