My name is Abi, and I specialise in Counselling children, young people and families. I am passionate about the difference therapy can make, and the life changing results that it can bring about. I adjust the way I work to meet my client’s needs and use Therapeutic Play with our youngest children, which involves children working with specific play resources to process their trauma, such as sand, puppets or figures. It is very child led and my role is to support whatever the child brings into the Therapeutic space. I use a combined approach for young people and families, which means that I tailor what we do depending on what the client brings to the session. Sometimes I might use resources to support expression such as pictures, or a set of cards, or drawing/painting, and for other clients talking may be the preferred approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Play Therapy UK - Certified Play Skills Therapist - May 2022
- University of Northampton, Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People - November 2021
- MA in Education 2017 - Birmingham City University
- NPQICL - Children's Centre Manager Qualification 2012
- Advanced Diploma in the Early Years 1999
- BA(QTS) Specialising in English in the Early Years.
I taught for 10 years in mainstream schools, and moved to work in Children's Centres in 2005, continuing to work with children and their families. I retrained to be a Counsellor/Play Skills Therapist in October 2018 and May 2019 in order to continue supporting, young children, young people and and families. I am also able to work with individuals, having recently completed further training in working with parents and children. I continue to attend training, and value the contribution that further learning makes to my current practice.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per session with the Introductory session free.