Claudia Aldersley BA(Hons), PGCE, MBACP Counsellor for children and young people
I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor and therapeutic lead within an NHS- partnered organisation. In my private practice I work with all age groups with a particular interest in children, young people and families. In these uncertain times I am now offering on line counselling to help support the anxiety and isolation of all ages. As soon as I am able to do so safely I will be seeing clients in my office, socially distanced with Covid safe measures in place.
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 neuro-diverse children (for e.g those with symptoms of or diagnosed with ADHD, ASD or ODD).
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.
My office is based in central Southport. 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. We have the use of a large, free car park 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, a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children, which is based in Child Development theory and Play Therapy. I have completed further training in Therapy using creative arts, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and in Clinical Supervision.
I previously volunteered for PANDAS and have a real interest in working with families affected by pre and post-natal depression.
I am an experienced trainer in Mental Health, currently working on parenting courses, employability courses as well as supervising the work of trainees and students.
I currently work for a charity delivering counselling to children and young people funded by the NHS, where I am the therapeutic lead and Deputy Safeguarding Lead. I deliver counselling in schools and run projects in therapeutic work with young people and in overcoming psychological issues to return to work.
I 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 have completed training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Clinical Supervision which is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
I continuously attend professional training, including many courses at Alder Hey in such things as self-harm, neuro-science, anxiety, OCD and trauma. I have also attended training in Mindfulness, Safeguarding and Suicide Prevention.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per hour Fees are increased for clients using private health insurance due to the extra administration involved.
Therapy for families is charged at £50 per hour.
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.
Concessions offered for
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.