Carleen Kirk - Child And Adolescent Counsellor (MBACP)
I am a fully qualified and experienced integrative child and adolescent counsellor who is specialised in working with young people and those close to them. I am passionate about working with this age group as I believe offering support at an early age can not only prevent difficulties later in life, but also offer useful coping mechanisms for the future. It is said that it is easier to build strong children than repair broken adults. Being a parent myself I have found that raising children lends itself to ongoing challenges and I would argue that it is far from 'easy'. However I am a firm believer that when we support young people through their struggles and when we help them to increase their resilience, the chances of them becoming 'broken' adults are drastically reduced.
WHAT I OFFER
I offer both parent consultations and therapeutic work with young people. Sometimes it can be helpful for parents to discuss their worries about their child's emotional wellbeing prior to embarking on therapy, and we can think together about ways of providing support. If a therapeutic intervention is thought to be beneficial I offer both short and long term counselling. My integrative model (including play therapy) allows me to tailor my approach to what best suits the individual child/young person. I work with young people aged 5-18 years old.
Apart from my private practice, I have experience as a counsellor and therapist at Victim Support, where I have supported young victims of serious crimes and ran a project with the youth offending team. In addition, I trained and worked for Place2Be, an organisation that provides therapeutic support within schools. I have worked in both primary and secondary schools, and continue to do so, currently in Tunbridge Wells.
Over the years I have supported young people on issues such as loss, grief, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, low confidence, domestic violence, anger and aggressive behaviours, tics, OCD, depression, suicidal thoughts, selective mutism, bullying, abuse and divorce.
My aim is to support your child to grow from their struggles, heal from their pain and move forward to where they can and want to be.
Please do get in touch if you think I could be of help.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in counselling children and young people
- Certificate in Counselling skills for working with young people
- MA/Post Graduate certificate of credit in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies
- Certificate in fundamentals of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence
- Supporting young victims Level 2
- Group work with young people
- Acceptance Commitment Therapy
- Hidden Harm training
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
I charge £55 per session
I am a fully registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP): Registration number 375041
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer flexible appointments both during and outside of school hours.
Types of client