Beth Brown (MA Psychological Therapies with Children, Young People & Families)
Counselling Services Of Stortford
12 Water Lane
I am a child and family psychodynamic psychotherapist (accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council and Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists member) offering a range of talking and play-based therapies to children, young people and families. This includes offering sessions to individuals as well as parent-child, parent, and family sessions.
Life’s experiences can, at times, become increasingly difficult to manage, creating challenges that impact upon our everyday lives; leaving us feeling stuck or troubled and this can often be communicated in a range of different ways. Such experiences can often create feelings of isolation, distress, frustration and conflict within ourselves and in our relationships. This can lead to feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, distress and helplessness, undermining our resilience, self-esteem, self-worth, confidence and trust in others if left unresolved.
Taking the first step in enquiring and considering therapeutic support for you or a member of your family can feel daunting. For many people, having a safe, impartial, confidential and non-judgmental space in which a range of issues can be explored, away from family and friends, can feel like a helpful source of support. I therefore offer a range of short-term and long-term talking and play-based therapy work to support the needs of my clients.
Working Psychodynamically can also be described as an ‘insight orientated’ therapy, which uses a range of approaches to facilitate new insight for the client(s), aiming to empower them to make positive changes in their own lives overtime. It also provides the space and time for clients to process unresolved conflict and trauma that may have been experienced either in their past or present lives.
My work is underpinned by a range of theoretical perspectives and evidence-based research to inform and meet the unique needs of each client and family. This includes drawing upon psychoanalytic and systemic theory, along with combining neuroscience, psychoeducation, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy tools, Solution Focused and Mindfulness approaches, to support the therapeutic process.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapists also place the therapeutic relationship at the centre of the work, believing that the relationship is co-created between the client(s) and therapist and that this is an integral part of a client’s therapeutic process which also requires exploration.
Finding the right therapist is incredibly important so that you or your child/family can feel safe enough to explore the areas of difficulty being experienced openly, in a way that feels most helpful to you/them right now. I therefore offer a no-obligation assessment, which allows us time to talk about what brings you or your family to therapy, take a history, understand the family context and explore whether the type of therapy that I can offer feels a helpful source of support to you/them.
By the end of the assessment process we will come together to think about what support may be most helpful to you or your child/family at this time, and I shall offer you my recommendations.
Each assessment is 50-minutes long costing £50 per session. Assessments generally take one to two sessions based on the needs of the client(s).
My name is Beth Brown and, over the last ten years, I have been working within the public sector supporting children’s social, emotional and mental health difficulties. This involves working with the child, parents, schools, other professionals and agencies to support the child’s academic progress, emotional wellbeing and Special Educational Needs.
I am also a qualified Child and Family Psychodynamic Psychotherapist working in the private sector over the last three years, offering therapeutic support to children, young people, parents and families in the local community; both voluntary and privately.
Training, qualifications & experience
• Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists (TSP) Membership no: 33005;
• British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) Registration no: 22144;
• MA Psychological Therapies with Children, Young People and Families – Tavistock and Portmen NHS Trust;
• PgCert of Professional Study in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Wellbeing: Multidisciplinary Practice – Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust;
• PgCert Special Educational Needs Coordinator Award – Cambridge University;
• General Teaching Council for England (GTC);
• Qualified Teacher Status (QTS);
• BA Hons Primary Education – Canterbury Christ Church University.
My therapeutic experience includes working with individuals, parents and families who want to explore a range of difficulties including: anxiety, anger, low mood and depression, loss, fear, phobias, separation anxiety, bereavement, trauma, abuse, sexuality, insecure attachments, OCD, gender dysphoria and confusion over self-identity, self-harm, suicidal ideation, low self-esteem and self-confidence, social anxiety, strained family dynamics and relational difficulties.
In addition, I have experience in working with children who have a range of diagnoses including: Autism, PDA, ADHD, ODD, insecure attachment, sensory processing difficulties, speech and language difficulties, hearing impairment and global delay.
Furthermore, I also have experience of supporting children who are looked after in foster-care placements and those who are post-adoption.
This work has provided me with the privilege of working with clients of a variety of ages, cultures, religions and sexual orientations all of which are respected.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Please note all sessions are 50 minutes, face-to-face contact.
Assessment (per session):
This fee includes a no obligation assessment for:
(Please note that I provide a range of short-term and long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy).
Individual Sessions (per session)
Parent-Child Session (per session)
Parent Sessions (per session)
Family Sessions (per session)
(Please note that at times during family therapy a second therapist may be recommended to support/ facilitate the family exploration, to ensure that all family members feel heard and understood, as this is vitally important to the process. Additional charges will be discussed and agreed if this is recommended).
I do reserve a limited number of low cost appointments for clients on a restricted budget. Please do enquire about this, sending some information regarding your situation and discuss a fee that is affordable to you.
I have full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance and I also have regular supervision. I am a registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and adhere to their Code of Ethics for good practice.
I hold an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) formerly known as a Criminal Bureau Check (CRB).
Thursday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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