Carleen Kirk - Child And Adolescent Therapist PGDip (MBACP)
I am an experienced integrative child and adolescent therapist, who specialises in working with young people. I am passionate about working with this age group. When young people tell or show us that not all is well, I believe it’s important to explore with children and their parents (age dependent) where they want to get to. I will use my expertise and skills to try and make sense of experiences, feelings and behaviours to help find ways to move forward to where young people can and want to be.
I believe that offering support at an early age, when signs of difficulties show up, can hugely benefit children and young people, not only in the here and now, but also in time to come. It is often difficult for children to make sense of their struggles. I believe that thinking together about difficulties can be an important part of healing.
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 supporting young people through their struggles is hugely important so that they can find a way forward.
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 and Sevenoaks.
Over the years I have supported young people on issues such as loss, grief, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, self-harm, low confidence, domestic violence, anger and aggressive behaviours, tics, OCD, depression, suicidal thoughts, selective mutism, sexual abuse, bullying, sleeping problems, soiling, controlling behaviours and divorce.
My aim is to support children and young people 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
- Tavistock 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
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I can offer flexible appointments both during and outside of school hours.
I am a fully registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP): Registration number 375041