Children’s & Teen’s counselling in East Kilbride

Everybody needs to be able to express their emotions, but for children and young people that can be really difficult. They might not even have the words to describe how they feel or the emotions are too powerful and frightening. When that happens they might instead experience physical pain, anxiety, changed behaviour, bad sleep or anger. I offer a chance for children and young people to explore meditation and mindfulness in a way that helps them feel more peaceful and strong within. I can combine this with counselling, if the young person so wishes, and I will tailor the service to best suit the individual for optimal benefit.

9-year old child, East Kilbride, September 2021

“It’s been really helpful. You have showed me different coping behaviours. Some are easy to take on, others are not so easy, but they can be used later on and they work. That has been helpful.”

Parent, East Kilbride, September 2021

“My 9 yr old child has been attending weekly sessions with Agnetha to help learn coping mechanisms for anger and frustration issues. The sessions have allowed my child to develop various skills and methods to manage feelings, which has positively changed our family dynamics and reduced the number of confrontations (& shouting matches!).
Agnetha’s positive, engaging, child friendly manner creates a happy environment for children to feel safe and discuss their feelings openly.
Thanks so much for all your help and advices Agnetha.”

Meditation & mindfulness

Sometimes it is the person's behaviour more than anything that shows something is wrong. By exploring meditation and mindfulness the child or young person will learn tools they can take with them in life. Meditation/Mindfulness has shown to improve sleep, build self-esteem, improve focus and concentration, reduce stress and anxiety and much more. For young people counselling can be a step to look at how they can improve their situation, see what is going on for them and explore what they want to do about it. It is a step towards becoming more empowered.

Jane, 39, East Kilbride Date of Posting: 16 June 2019

“I highly recommend Agnetha. Easy to talk to, professional, with an ability to get to the heart of an issue. Her skilful approach and understanding helped me to become aware where my problems were and I was able to work with them. She helped me to see the whole picture. I was a mess, my life was a mess. I was used and abused. Thanks to Agnetha, I am not a victim anymore. I am a survivor, a strong, independent and smiling woman once again. I wish I had found Agnetha years ago.”

Gary, 41, East Kilbride Date of Posting: 16 November 2014

“Counselling has turned my life around, for the better. I would recommend ABM Counselling 100%. Now I feel that I matter. I have better control of my mind. I can take a step back and evaluate a situation rather than instantly react to it.”

Lynne, 25, East Kilbride Date of Posting: 07 March 2013

“Counselling helped me deal with something I had avoided a long time. It also helped me see how I could do things differently and it made me feel better with myself. I feel stronger.”

Catherine, 54, East Kilbride Date of Posting: 22 February 2013

“It has helped me immensely. Listening to what I was saying, which I did not do before, and seeing what I was doing. My grief had become so immense that I could not cope with it. Now I can certainly cope a lot better, speak about it and I feel a lot more at ease with myself. Thank you!”

Sarah, 20, Larkhall Date of Posting: 12 January 2013

“I was so unhappy and did not know why. I was crying all the time. Counselling helped me see what was wrong and I was able to do something. I feel a lot better.”

John, 46, East Kilbride Date of posting: 14 January 2014

“It has helped me relax and be a bit calmer in stressful situations. It has helped me be a bit more positive. It has made me realise that I need to be OK so I am more useful for others. I would recommend ABM Counselling because it has helped me deal with things better.”

David, 45, Strathaven Date of Posting: 01 December 2012

“I didn’t really know what to expect, but it helped me understand that I can’t fix everything but I can try a different way. I recommend ABM Counselling if you want to better your life.”

Building confidence

Teens go through a big transition from child to adult and that can cause a lot of issues in itself. Add on pressures from school, peers and family, big decisions to make regarding their future, finding their own person and dealing with everything else life entails and it can become really difficult and stressful. Many issues are also new for them so they have little or no experience of how to deal with them. Through counselling they can find out how they can deal with their issues in a way that helps them grow in confidence and start trusting their own abilities.

To find out more or to make an appointment please contact me on 07891 803 519 or email me on