I am the founder of Thriving Young Minds, a team of therapists specialising in providing Counselling and Play Therapy for children and young people aged 4-21. Using a variety of approaches means that we can meet the needs of each client to ensure they get what they want from the sessions. With a strengths-based focus, we explore what is happening for each client rather than what is 'wrong' with them which helps each young person to move forward positively.
Areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, loss, self-esteem, dealing with change, stress, confidence, relationship issues, family issues, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, abuse and self-acceptance. Often young people come because they are feeling sad, feeling low or have emotions that they don't understand. Often they feel they don't want to 'burden' their family or friends. We've created a safe space to listen to it all.
With over 17 years experience, we use a variety of techniques including play and creative approaches where appropriate. This helps to develop individual ways of working and allows each young person to express their thoughts and feelings in a way that suits them and ensures they feel heard and understood.
We strongly believe that each young person has the ability to manage the issues they face and we work with them to develop the belief they need. The work we do is intended to help them to deal with issues in the long-term, not just have a short-term reactive fix.
As a BACP Accredited counsellor my practice has been assessed as meeting a high standard, my training is regularly updated and I work to strict ethical guidelines meaning the best possible support is provided.
Training, qualifications & experience
My personal experience includes working with Childline, Greater Manchester Police, in colleges and a residential unit for young, homeless people. Most recently I established and managed a counselling service in an FE college. Networking with local agencies and establishing connections with various services means my knowledge of local and national mental health developments remains up-to-date.
My original training from 2001-2004 is in Person-Centred Counselling. I have since completed further training including:
- Play Therapy
- Transactional Analysis
- CBT for eating disorders
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
- Anger Management
- Critical Incident Stress Management
- Attachment and Developmental Trauma
- Suicidal Ideation
- Suicide Bereavement
- Creative and Play Techniques
- Gender Identity awareness.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Sessions are £55, with discounts where booked in a block of 6,9 or 12.
Please contact for current availability
I have a current enhanced DBS certificate.