Michael was referred to the Counselling Service due to his anger towards staff members at having to be in school. His attendance was a huge concern and action was about to be taken against his mum regarding this. It also transpired that a close family member had died recently and he was struggling with his feelings about this.
After 8 sessions with his counsellor in school Michael was able to express his feelings about his relative’s death through art work. He was also able to understand the consequences of his school attendance for his mum. The counsellor also worked with Michael’s mum who talked about her own difficulties growing up and how we sometimes replay the messages we learn as children from our parents into our adult life. Michael is now attending school regularly. Mum was happy that she’d had the opportunity to talk through some of her own issues.