Amy Irving BACP Accredited Counsellor for Children, Young People and Adults
East Riding Of Yorkshire
WHAT I OFFER
My name is Amy; thank you for taking the time to look at my page. I am a person-centred counsellor with over twelve years experience working with children and young people, both in therapeutic and educational settings. I am passionate about the long-term benefits of early therapeutic intervention and aim to provide clients with both the time and opportunities they require to explore their issues and develop transferable skills for later life.
No issue is too big or too small; if I am not the right counsellor for you then I can refer you to another therapist or organisation who better suit your needs.
I am based in Premier House, which is located next to the train station in Hull and easily accessible by all forms of transport.
COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN
If you are concerned about your child or they have indicated that they may benefit from support please do not hesitate to get in touch. One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years (three in every classroom) has a mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood. Children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life if they receive support at an early age.
Private therapy offers you the flexibility and choice to get your child the best support possible. I work with children across a range of issues and will not turn you away because your child does not meet a set threshold of symptoms or experience.
If your child is accessing counselling then this does not mean that you have failed as a parent/guardian. We all experience occasions when it feels hard to speak to those closest to us about things which are bothering us. Often this is because we do not want to bother those we love best, or because we want help thinking things through with someone unbiased. It is not for me to judge you or your child, but to look to help them find their way through whatever is troubling them.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM COUNSELLING
All clients are supported through one-to-one regular sessions. For younger clients these often include an element of play, art and creativity to encourage, challenge and promote healthy behaviours. These sessions are age-appropriate, person-centred and tailored according to each child’s needs.Topics frequently explored include: anxiety, bullying, confidence, depression, family breakdown, phobias and self-esteem.
Sessions last for up to 50 minutes and usually take place weekly at a set time. The number of sessions a client will require will very much depend on their unique situation and this will be assessed on an ongoing basis.
Many clients use their sessions to offload those things that are troubling them. Others require more structure to their time and don’t always know what to talk about. Where possible I seek to reassure and guide if and when you feel 'stuck' as part of a session and unsure of what to say; this is a normal part of the process and it is my responsibility to help guide you through this.
MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMME FOR SCHOOLS
I currently partner with several local primary schools and children's community groups in the Hull and East Riding region providing a four week mental health programme for children aged 7-11 years.
The programme is designed to cover common mental health issues that young children regularly find difficult. It can also be adapted to support those children who need specific help in one particular area. The sessions are suitable for one-to-one work or groups of up to 10 children and each session lasts for one hour.
The material is delivered through movement, creative work, reflection and discussion and is mindful of the age group and developmental stage of the individual children concerned. The sessions cover material on anger, anxiety, bereavement, loss and sleep difficulties.
Schools and community groups are encouraged to get in touch if they would like further information on becoming a partner with me in ending mental health stigma for young children in this way.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND RECORD KEEPING
An essential feature of counselling is that the information disclosed is treated confidentiality in order to support clients to open up and share feelings without fear of blame or that their concerns will be discussed elsewhere. This confidentiality agreement includes not discussing the work with parents or carers, unless the young person requests or gives consent for this. I acknowledge that this isn’t an easy situation for parents, and it is quite natural for you to feel anxious about what may be being said in the sessions. There are limitations to confidentiality which will be discussed with you in the initial appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work as a private therapist for children, young people and adults across a range of issues from both my base in the city centre and within several local primary schools. In addition to my private counselling commitments I work as an Associate Counsellor for 'Time to Listen', a not for profit organisation providing counselling and play therapy for children and young people in the local region.
My previous therapeutic experience includes Lets Talk Depression and Anxiety Services Hull, part of the NHS provision of counselling services for adults in Hull, the Hull Families Project and Bradford Counselling Services.
My academic training includes a BSc Degree in Psychology from Hull University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from York St John University.
Recent training I have undertaken includes:
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma
- Level 1 and Level 2 Award in British Sign Language
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Individual therapy sessions last for 50 minutes at a cost of £35 per session. Payment can be made via cash or bank transfer. Initial appointments must be paid for in cash.
All school contracts are assessed on an individual school basis. Schools are advised to get in touch to discuss specific requirements.
Free parking and wheelchair access is available at my premises in Hull city centre.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I ensure ongoing professional development by attending courses and workshops and receive regular and ongoing clinical supervision.
I hold a current Enhanced Disclosure and Baring Service Certificate (DBS), formerly known as a CRB certificate, and private indemnity insurance.
Maps & Directions
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I am available Monday - Thursday for appointments. Further flexibility is available for online and telephone appointments. Please contact me for further information.
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