Clare Lewis BA (hons) MBACP Child and Adolecent Counsellor
Hello, my name is Clare. I offer an integrative approach to counselling for children and young people. I work from my home offering a supportive, gentle and reflective environment. My belief is in the uniqueness of each child so I use a range of approaches to best fit individual needs. I enjoy using the arts and use a variety of media with my clients. Children can be limited in their ability to verbalise their feelings so it is vital to offer them other ways of communicating.
Each session is led by the child or young person using a medium with which they feel comfortable. This could be paint, clay, using puppets or the sandtray or simply playing games. The use of imagery, sensory experience and play allows a dialogue to develop naturally in a non-threatening way.
I work with children and young people on a wide range of concerns including trauma, grief, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, learning differences and also physical illness. I have particular experience with diabetes type 1 which can be a traumatic diagnosis for both parent and child.
Overall, I am committed to supporting children to express their thoughts and feelings; to help them develop their resilience and emotional wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have trained as a counsellor using the arts in London at the Institute for Art in Therapy and Education. I have over 20 years experience working with children and young people as an art teacher and private tutor. For the past 15 years I have worked with young people and adults who have a learning disability.
Post Graduate Diploma in the use of arts in therapy and education (IATE)
Child Couselling Diploma (IATE)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- 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
- Emotional abuse
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Young carers
I charge £45 for a 50 minute session. It can be daunting to take the first steps to find a counsellor either for yourself or for your child and so I offer a free initial session in my home. This will give you the chance to meet me and see how I work.
I do offer concessions to families that are on a low income.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client