Abigail Booth MBACP Child, Adolescent and Family Counsellor
I am a psychoanalytically informed counsellor based in Southport. I provide a safe, warm space in which we will work together to explore difficulties in a playful, thoughtful way.
The main body of my work is with children, young people, family groups and/or parents. I can also see individual adults and student counsellors requiring personal development. I offer short, medium and long term face to face therapy and I can offer home visits if preferred.
The work I do with children involves inviting the child, or children, to play with a range of therapeutic toys and art materials. I will observe and think aloud with the child about their play and what it all means, with the aim of improving their self-reflection and self-understanding. Children express their difficulties and internal/imaginative worlds through play, working through it as they go.
Creative Arts Techniques
Depending on the child or young person and their need and level of development I also work in a more directed, art based way. With this method the child or young person works with me to create a book about themselves and their current difficulties combined with my thoughts about their pictures and writings. The book provides a reliable narrative structure to the work, and enables the child to view their progress in working things through by being able to turn the pages backwards and forwards. The aim is the same as play therapy; to improve the child or young person’s ability to think through their difficulties and understand their feelings.
Psychodynamic counselling involves the careful creation of a therapeutic relationship in which past experiences, patterns of relating, difficult feelings and unconscious processes are discussed and worked through in the here and now. I can work creatively and with art techniques with my adults, too.
This work involves playing together as a group. I observe the interactions between everybody and invite all the family members to think about the ongoing dynamics, where they've come from, and how the family as a group can move forward with this new understanding.The key to this work is improving attachments, bonds, communication, and relationships.
Arranging an appointment
To arrange a free initial appointment with me you can reach me by email or telephone (please note that I may not answer the telephone during the hours that I am working). During our initial meeting we will discuss what brings you to counselling, your hopes and aims,the way you would prefer to work with me, and practical considerations such as the amount and frequency of sessions you would prefer (for example weekly or fortnightly meetings).
Please note, I am not a psychoanalyst and if you wish to see one, please check the British Psychoanalytic Council or the Association for Child Psychotherapists for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP registered counsellor, and I am currently pursuing a Masters with the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. I am currently undertaking an infant observation to deepen my understanding of the impact of early life experience.
I have experience as a school counsellor, as a child, adolescent and family counsellor within a parenting support centre, and in providing parent-infant therapy in clients' homes.
I have also worked with adults in a GP referral centre, a rape and sexual assault support centre and within a disability support service.
Areas of counselling that I often provide support for families with include anxiety, depression, family relationship difficulties, behavioural issues, self-harm, bereavement, developmental concerns, trauma, attachment difficulties, generalised anxiety disorder, and divorce and separation. A more comprehensive list can be found elsewhere on my profile.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience providing parent-infant therapy with parents and babies/young children who are struggling perhaps due to parental mental health struggles, post-natal depression, struggling to bond with their baby, or having trouble settling into a new family dynamic.
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I offer a free thirty minute initial meeting, following that it is £30 per session. Concessions are available to those with financial difficulties and student counsellors.
I do not currently have disabled access, but I do offer home visits.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am currently working close to or at maximum capacity - there may be a waiting list.
Types of client