I use solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) where the focus is on the future goal, and not the problem, and where the child is the expert on his/her own life. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is another solution focused therapy used, which explores how problems can be solved/managed by changing the way the individual thinks and acts. Sometimes play/art therapy is appropriate, depending on the age of the young person. Complex cases might require longer term therapy or external referrals to appropriate agencies.
This counselling is intended to be a brief early intervention to help prevent young people from reaching a crisis point. Many young people benefit from having an impartial, independent listener who can help to empower them with strategies to deal with real and everyday issues including such issues as bullying, friendship challenges, academic concerns, family issues, lack of confidence, anxiety, depression, stress, self harm , low mood, low self esteem, eating disorders, school transitions.
Sessions are confidential. The only exception is if there is a risk of harm, where safeguarding procedures are followed.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Bsc (Hons) from Aston University, and a Master's degree in counselling from Amberton University (TX USA), and am a qualified school counsellor.
I was a teacher for over 10 years before transitioning into counselling. I have worked for Relate as a CYP (Children and Young Person's Counsellor) in primary, secondary and sixth form levels. I have also worked in various schools full time as part or the pastoral and well-being teams as a counsellor and mentor. I now run my own private practice specializing in work with children and young people with the specific challenges they face.
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
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
The initial 30 minute session is free of charge, and is an information gathering session. Part of the session is with the parent/carer/guardian and the young person together and part is with the young person.
50 minute sessions thereafter are £45. These are typically face to face 1:1 sessions. Sometimes Zoom sessions are offered.
Covid protocols have been in place and can be reinstated as needed/advised by the Government.