The Worry Wizard®. Where did it all begin?
“Ten per cent of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.”
Mental Health Foundation: Children and Young People report 2015
As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist I have worked with children and young people for over ten years in many different settings. I have witnessed the consequences that arise from delayed intervention – both for the child in question but also for those who care about them.
It can be hugely rewarding to be present when a child or young person shares their relief at meeting someone who can support them with their difficulties yet that moment can also be intensely frustrating. For it has often been clear that had someone stepped in earlier and offered appropriate support a large amount of distress and suffering would have been avoided for all concerned.
Barriers to children and young people accessing services to support them with their difficulties can include:
Children and young people feel unable to request support for themselves.
Parents, other family members, teachers and carers may not know how to access the appropriate assistance.
Services available to support children may be overstretched and have a lengthy referral process or a long waiting list.
The availability of a child centered therapist may be limited in an area and the cost of one-to-one counselling may prove unaffordable.
The more I witnessed the consequences arising from delayed intervention, the more I wondered if I could extend my work with children beyond the counselling room and help more children and young people deal with their Worries before they became more significant issues that affect their Wellbeing.
The speed with which a child or young person’s thoughts can shift from “I have a Worry” to “There is nothing good in my world” to “There is nothing good about me” is the reason a quick response is so important. In addition the scale and duration of help required by the child is significantly reduced if the need for assistance is identified earlier.
A telephone call from my Godson, Jack, galvanized me to action. Jack was working hard to find the Courage to share his Worries. With great excitement Jack told me he had spoken with his teacher about his Worries and proudly informed her, “My Godmother is the Worry Wizard.”
“The Worry Wizard. That does sound exciting!”
Jack told me that he believed in me and asked me to go and find out more things about Worries and then tell people.
And so the Worry Wizard is born. Its goal - to provide children, young people and adults with fun-filled, creative tools and techniques to help children move from Worries to Wellbeing.
To follow the Worry Wizard story and find out more about the activities and materials I have developed to help children with their Worries and Wellbeing please go to www.TheWorryWizard.com
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