Children & Young People

Are you a Child or Young Person who is thinking about counselling and is wondering what it might be like?

Our counsellors will work creatively with you to find ways of supporting you to express your emotions, and will help you to explore how you feel about what is happening in your world.

If you want to spend your session chatting about what is going on for you then that’s entirely up to you, but you can also use your other skills – like drawing, painting, writing – or you might choose to use other materials in the counselling room to help you express how you feel.  We have lots of stuff that you can use to do that, like a dolls house, sand trays, puppets etc.  But because it’s your session, and your time, and your feelings, you are the one who decides.

Please click on the button below to open our leaflet on bereavement for Children & Young People.


Why do I Feel so sad? (PDF)

Parents & Professionals

The Dove Service offers a range of support to parents and professionals, including counselling for you or the child/young person, training on issues around bereavement and loss, informative workshops and group support.

C&YP Resource Pack for Parents & Professionals

We have put together a Resource Pack for use by parents & professionals who work with and support children and young people (C&YP).

You will find information sheets on loss and grief; information specifically around loss and grief and the effects that this may have on children and young people; plus some activities you can do with your child/young person.

To obtain a copy of the Pack just email us at

It’s your choice

Because it’s your counselling, we keep the contents of your sessions confidential.  Your counsellor will look at a counselling contract with you in your first session, and will talk to you about the circumstances under which we might have to involve someone else, but outside those circumstances, it’s your choice what you tell people about your counselling.


The Dove Service offers a range of support across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & Cheshire

Hear from others

Please take a look at our series of videos below, showing Danni, Oscar, Vic & Eve, who share their stories about how counselling at the Dove Service has helped them.