Claudia Aldersley BA(Hons), PGCE, BACP Children and Young People's Counsellor
07599 199 661
I am a qualified counsellor working with all age groups with a particular interest in children, young people and families.
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 an office base 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, which I often use when working with children and young people. Using art can 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.
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 Levels 2 and 3 in Counselling 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 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 currently work for a charity delivering counselling to children and young people.
I also volunteer for Place2Be, a nationwide charity providing counselling in schools to children and young people.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
£35 per hour (Blocks of 6 would attract a reduction in fees)
Reduced rates for counselling students - £25
I would encourage a 30 minute initial meeting - which would be free of charge.
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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments to suit
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|