Claudia Aldersley, MBACP Counsellor for All Ages inc Children

Claudia Aldersley, MBACP Counsellor for All Ages inc Children

Church Road
Tarleton, Preston
Lancashire
PR4

Mornington Road
Southport
Merseyside
PR9

07599 199 661

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About me

I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor working with all age groups with a particular interest in children, young people and families.

As a former teacher and a mum I have a real understanding that growing up can be hard and parenting children whilst they grow can also be hard. I can work with children and young people but also with adult family members. I also have much experience of working with children with symptoms of or diagnosed with ADHD and Autism.

It may be that your child or young person is struggling with school right now; maybe it is hard for them to make friends or to stick to the rules; they may often be in trouble, try to avoid going to school, talk of feeling anxious - all of these things can be explored in counselling. As a former teacher, I have a real understanding of how complex life can be when growing up and sometimes school can feel like it needs to be navigated rather than enjoyed.  This can put a real strain on relationships at home.

My main role is to be alongside my clients as they explore thoughts and feelings which can be difficult, sad and sometimes overwhelming. However, the space and time given to this could be life changing. Often clients, including children and young people, really know which direction to take given a non-judgemental space to look at the things that are difficult for them.

I have two office bases which means a range of rooms can be used for therapy to suit different clients. If clients choose to, they can be based within an arts room- this can help take away some of the intensity of therapy, as we can talk alongside one another whilst drawing and painting. Sometimes other resources can also help, such as sand, playdoh and mini figures.  My other office base is a very pleasant room within the calm environment of a yoga/pilates studio.  Both have large, free car parking and shops/cafes at hand for any parents after dropping children or for a free moment after counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

My original career was in teaching, I then worked with looked-after children before beginning my training as a counsellor.

I have a BA (Hons) from the University of Sheffield, a PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I am also nearing the end of a Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children, which is based in Child Development theory and Play Therapy.

I previously volunteered for PANDAS and have a real interest in working with families affected by pre and post-natal depression.

I am trained in delivering the Youth Connect 5 programme to schools/charities - this programme is designed to help parents build their family's resilience by improving knowledge of youth mental health and ways to communicate with their children.

I am a trainer for Sefton Council's Suicide Prevention training course.

I currently work for a charity delivering counselling to children and young people funded by the NHS. I also deliver counselling in schools.

I also volunteered for Place2Be, a nationwide charity providing counselling in schools to children and young people.

I am a registered member of the BACP- the professional body for counselling.

I am currently training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with the British Pyschological Society.

I continuously attend professional training, including many courses at CAMHS in Liverpool in such things as self-harm, anxiety, OCD and trauma.  I have also attended training in Mindfulness, Safeguarding and Suicide Prevention.

Member organisations

BACP

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  • Therapy room

Fees

£35 per hour (Blocks of 6 would attract a reduction in fees) Fees are increased for clients using private health insurance due to the extra administration involved.

Reduced rates for counselling students - £25

I would encourage a 30 minute initial meeting - which would be free of charge. This is normally conducted by telephone.

Further information

I have much experience of working with children and young people diagnosed or with symptoms of ADHD and ASD.

I also have a particular interest in post-natal depression and those who may be struggling with the challenges of being a parent.

Maps & Directions

Tarleton, Preston, PR4
Southport, PR9

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

Lift to first floor therapy rooms.

Availability

Appointments to suit including evenings and Saturday mornings

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme