The time period is usually decided on at the end of the first meeting between counsellor and client.

Many counsellors work for short fixed-term periods such as six or 12 weeks, although some work in a more open-ended way, continuing to provide sessions until the client feels ready to leave.

The main accrediting body for counsellors is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

The main registering body for psychotherapists is the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

It is a good idea to ask your child's counsellor or psychotherapist about their training, qualifications and experience.

It is important that your child feels free to talk about experiences in the family that may be troubling or confusing.

It can help people talk about their experiences and make sense of them.

Counselling can allow people to express difficult feelings and to learn how to manage them in a helpful way.

95% of UK teenagers will have a mobile phone by the time they’re 15.

You might have had one for a while, or be looking forward to getting one, but do you know what you’re sharing and what it’s costing you when you’re texting, swiping, gaming and uploading?

Psychotherapy may take longer and involve greater exploration of someone’s past experiences, in order to make sense of their present life.