Clare Lewis BA (hons) MBACP Child and Adolescent 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. In light of the current situation, I am also offering online and telephone sessions. 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. Often, 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 sand tray 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)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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. The initial session can be for child (or young person) alone or with parents too. This gives us a chance to meet and to help the child to feel relaxed. This session is usually about 1/2 an hour.
I do offer concessions to families that are on low income.