Sam was a relatively new pupil to the school; Elouise, his mum had moved him from his first primary school. He continued to struggle to manage his behaviours and coping with peer relationships.
Sam worked with his therapist over a period of seven months. Elouise described how much Sam benefitted from therapy and how excited he was to engage in the sessions.
As Sam was beginning to gain his confidence, Elouise was able to initially reduce and then stop having to be at school with Sam. At this point, Elouise began accessing the service for herself. Initially, she accessed counselling and then filial/ play therapy, an approach that aids parents to support their child’s well-being through play.
Elouise described counselling as hugely important. ‘It’s definitely made a difference to me. I am more confident. I put things into practice which helps us both. To begin with, I thought it was only Sam who needed help but looking back I needed help too. I wish I had accessed this a long time ago.’ The play sessions helped Sam ‘share his feelings; we laughed a lot too.’