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BA (hons) MBACP Child and Adolescent Counsellor

About me

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, especially the younger ones, 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 anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship difficulties, depression, learning differences and also physical illness.

Overall, I am committed to supporting children to express their thoughts and feelings; to help them develop their resilience and enhance emotional wellbeing.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have trained as a counsellor using the arts at the 'Institute for Art in Therapy and Education' in London. I have over 25 years experience working with children and young people as an art teacher, workshop facilitator and private tutor. For the past 17 years I have also 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 Counselling Diploma (IATE)

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

 It can be daunting to take the first steps to find a counsellor either for yourself or for your child. I offer a free phone call with parents (or client) to discuss how I may be of help and the benefits of counselling using the arts.  I believe it's important to have that initial conversation over the phone so that I can begin to understand the problems/issues the client may be facing. Phone calls may take up to 40 minutes, if necessary, so that parents can feel heard and, hopefully, at ease when taking the next steps for their child.

Fees are £50 for a 50 minute session.  I offer concessions to families that are on low income.

Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people