PLEASE NOTE: I AM UNABLE TO TAKE ANY NEW REFERRALS AT PRESENT UNTIL END OF MARCH 2022.
Children and young people have worries, anxieties and fears for many reasons, with there having been a significant increase since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as many other reasons including bereavement, loss, parental separation, school issues, relationship difficulties, sibling illness, early childhood trauma, adoption, living in care, sexuality, and many more. Having the opportunity to explore these issues in a therapeutic space can help them heal from hurt and have renewed hope for their future.
I offer direct therapuetic work with children/young people using creative therapeutic approaches and/or talking counselling. I also offer discussion sessions to parents/carers to focus on issues arising with their children, looking at strategies and ways to improve family relationships together. Sessions can be individual or joint.
I am a trained Children and Young Person's Therapist (Counsellor) and have therapy rooms in the Kirk Sandall area of Doncaster. The therapy rooms are a healing space for children, young people and their families living in Doncaster and surrounding areas.
Please contact me either by email or phone, and I will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.
Clinical Supervision/Professional Development/Mentoring: I am a BAPT approved supervisor and can offer sessions to professionals working with children to help them reflect on their practice and explore the work they are engaged in. I also have two therapy/counselling rooms to rent - please contact for details.
Training, qualifications & experience
- NNEB Nursery Nurse (National Nursery Examination Board), West Notts College of FE
- Post Qualifying Dip in Non-Directive Play Therapy for Children & Adolescents, University of York
- Adv Cert & Dip in Human Relations & Individual Development, Oasis School of Human Relations
- Adv Dip in Personal Development & Biography Work, Oasis School of Human Relation
- Intensive Filial Therapy
- EMDR (levels 1, 2 & 3)
In addition to the above formal qualifications I have trained in additional related interventions which I integrate principles of into my practice, such as, Theraplay, Video Interactive Guidance, Incredible Years Parenting Programmes (Webster Stratton), Relax Kids, Clinical Supervision for Play Therapists (BAPT).
I also ensure that I continually develop my own professional practice by attending training courses and workshops on topics such as, Sensory Integration, Dyadic Developmental Therapy, Experts in Play, Attachment & Resilience, Introduction to Family Therapy Techniques, Infant Mental Health, Working with Emotionally Troubled Children, Understanding Attachment Disorders, Dance of Attachment, Essential Safeguarding Knowledge & Skills, Serious Case Reviews – the Learning, Trauma Checklist Training, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Dissociation, and the use of puppets, art, drama, sand in therapy.
As part of my work I also:
- have regular individual clinical supervision
- attend peer support groups
- adhere to the Code of Ethics of The British Association of Play Therapists (www.bapt.info)
- have up-to-date Enhanced DBS certificate
- have Public and Professional Indemnity Insurance
- provide ID of full membership of my professional registering body i.e BAPT.
British Association of Play Therapists
The British Association of Play Therapists was founded in 1992 by a group of now respected practitioners who introduced and pioneered Play Therapy within Britain. 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with children who are adopted and am on The Approved Provider's List as I meet the criteria required for offering therapy to children adopted and their families.
The first consultation session is always free. This gives us both the opportunity to decide whether the service being offered is most suited to you and your child.
Sessions are generally £40.00 per hour. However, I'd like you to feel able to discuss any particular issues this may have for you, so please email or phone to discuss further.
At our first consultation we make decisions about the frequency of sessions, and I ensure that we build in reviews throughout so that we end the intervention appropriately.
Tues - Thurs 8.30 - 5.30
To give you an idea of my experience and the type of work I've been involved in, here's a brief overview:
Over the years I have worked as a children and young people's therapist in children’s centres, a charity for sexually abused children, a fostering agency and a leading national children’s charity.
I've been involved in private practice offering therapy services since 2000, and more recently have facilitated therapy groups in schools.
In addition to therapy and direct work with families, I facilitate training to schools and to other professionals engaged in child related work. I also facilitate groups about attachment and therapeutic parenting to foster carers, and parenting programmes for parents and carers.
I’ve offered Clinical Supervision for many years for play therapists, trainee play therapists, and with counsellors who work with children and young people.
Please feel free to get in touch by email or phone if there's anything you'd like to discuss further.