Children and young people's therapist
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There are times in life when as a parent or carer your child may experience challenging situations and this may leave you concerned about their behaviour. As a young person you might be struggling to manage your feelings and may wish to make changes to your life.
My name is Barbara I am a qualified Counsellor specialising in work with children and young people, aged from 4 to 30 years old.
I am a qualified children and young people's counsellor and VIG practitioner based in Bedfordshire. I have over 20 years experience of counselling children and young people and have worked in a variety of different settings including schools, colleges and for the NSPCC all delivering therapeutic work. I am experienced in working with children who are experiencing poor mental health or who may have experienced Trauma and insecure attachment.
I am trained in attachment based interventions such as Dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP) and Video interaction guidance (VIG), which are used to improve relationships between children and their primary carers and reduce challenging behaviours.
I work creatively using a variety of age appropriate techniques with a child centred approach. I am experienced in a number of different issues affecting young people including:
- sexual abuse
- child sexual exploitation
- relationship breakdown
- mental health
- Anxiety Disorder
- Eating Disorders
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed a European Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and have specialised in working with Children and young people for 20 years. I have undertaken a number of different therapeutic courses which specialise in trauma, relationships, Attachment, mental health and young people.
I have attended many additional specialist training events and workshops in different subject areas, certificates and qualifications can be seen on request.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am also able to offer telephone and online counselling.
I am experienced in working with children and young people who have behavioural disorders and additional learning needs.
Concessions offered for
The first sessions will consist of an assessment to determine the type of intervention and approach required. This will include parents/carers where age appropriate.
The assessment will include a consultation with parents/carers to plan and outline any future work. Therapy sessions will be confidential to the child or young person, however, parents will have regular reviews with the child's or young person's consent.
The sessions will be 50 minutes long but can be tailored to the child's or young person's needs.
Session fees start at £70 each depending on the type of intervention required. If sessions are not cancelled within 24 hours notice, a charge of £30 will be required.
Therapy sessions are delivered using a range of creative play therapy and art techniques and activities which are child and young people focused.
I am registered with private health care providers who can finance fees depending on your individual policy.
I have a continuous up to date DBS certificate
When I work
Evening and weekend appointments available
If you feel counselling may benefit you or your child, please contact me to arrange a confidential appointment.If I cannot answer your call, please leave me a message and I will respond within 24 hours.
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