Jacob is a 14 year old boy who was referred because of low mood and self-harm. He had been struggling in school with peers and relationships. He has a diagnosis of autism.
Jacob began sessions during lockdown and chose to access via zoom call. He engaged well in the process and spoke openly about his situation and his feelings. He had really struggled six months earlier and through counselling has been able to find ways to deal with issues by talking to his family and being more open.
Jacob used the counselling sessions to explore and reflect on what had happened and talk through his anxieties around similar situations and feelings arising in his life again. He continued with face to face sessions once schools re-opened and talked through more current events in his life. The use of reflection and consideration enabled him to see where he was at present with his emotional well-being and coping strategies.
The sessions came to a natural end when Jacob reached a point where his self-awareness and resilience had grown and he was able to find ways to cope with things he faced in everyday life. His emotional health and general well-being had improved and he felt ready to finish counselling.