Young people have a lot of things to be concerned about, but they lack a wealth of experiences with which to compare events and they have not yet fully developed their coping skills. Sometimes everyth...ing seems overwhelming. Every young person has a story waiting to be told. It has
been estimated that 12–22 per cent of children and adolescents have
emotional difficulties and that they can benefit from guidance
in making decisions, solving difficulties, and relating to others.
There is often a deep need to talk things over in a safe and secure environment with someone who cares. This can provide release for the intense emotions and confusion that a young person can be experiencing. This chapter discusses effective ways for counselling and interviewing children and adolescents.