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MBACP - Children and Young People's Therapy

About me

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£55.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

Sessions are £55, with discounts where booked in a block of 6,9 or 12.

When I work

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Further information

I have a current enhanced DBS certificate.

21 Union Street, Ramsbottom, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL0 9AN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

DBS check

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