Fully qualified Registered MBACP Adolescent/Adult Counsellor
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Who I see and how to make that first appointment.
My clients include Adolescents, Parents, and Adults. I offer face to face Counselling and online Zoom and telephone sessions. Making contact is easy, simply call, text or email to make that first contact. We can arrange a call to discuss what you want to get out of Counselling and if you are happy to continue we can make that first appointment. I am very aware first appointments can be daunting, and therefore I offer flexibility in addressing the needs of my clients to get through the door to that first appointment.
With 20 plus years experience as a Specialist Adolescent Counsellor I have built my knowledge in understanding the challenges young people face today. This experience helps me to work alongside young people helping them to navigate through the most difficult and testing circumstances they face in current times. My career spans across working in Schools, Connexions, Young Peoples Support Agencies, Outreach work in the Community and in Private Practice. I currently manage a large School Foundation Counselling Service supporting the pupils, staff and parents. My work involves working alongside Multi-Agency Professionals to ensure best outcomes for my clients, this has included CAMHS, Social Services, Health Professional and the Court/legal Services. This Multi-Agency working has given me an understanding and insight that has allowed me to help my clients access gain understanding in what can be a complicated process when dealing with these potentially daunting situations.
An example of the areas I deal with.
Stress, Anxiety, Self Harm, Suicide Ideation, Low Self Esteem, Relationship difficulties, Family Issues are some of the many concerns I deal with on a regular basis. However there are many situations where a young person finds it hard to put their concerns into words. I see my role as helping the young person to find those words in a safe non judge-mental environment.
Working with young people can be a very specialist field; my many years of experience, professional development and training has concentrated on particular skills to engage with clients who find it difficult to engage with people in general. I am aware of my unique ability to engage with young people, often where they have had difficulty in engaging with other Professionals.
My clients include Adolescents, Parents, and Adults. I offer face to face Counselling and online Zoom and telephone sessions.
I work using a number of theoretical approaches including Psychodynamic(exploring the past to understand how it influences the present). Person Centered, Solution focused. I very much tailor my work around the individual Client's needs. My work within Schools includes facilitating Group work and talks to groups about current concerns and topics.
I always aim to be flexible in my working, often accommodating Adolescents, Parents and Carers schedules. My personal approach is always adapted to the pace and needs of my clients, my aim is to make them feel as safe and comfortable as possible, to support their ability to talk about issues that in some cases have silenced them for some time. I offer a warm, welcoming, kind understanding approach, along with a sense of humour when it is needed.
My Consulting room is in White Roding, Dunmow in Essex; a warm comfortable environment, where I ensure Confidentiality and privacy. Parking is available.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Oaklands College NOCN, Foundation Course in Counselling 2000-2001
- Oaklands College CPCAB, Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling 2001-2002
- University of Hertfordshire, Post Graduate Diploma Counselling 2002-2004
- University of Hertfordshire, The Data Protection Act: It's Relevance to Counselling 2004
- Youth Enquiry Service, Young People and Sexual Abuse 2004
- Buckinghamshire Youth and Community Service, Young people and bullying. Mental health and young men. 2004
- Cruise Bereavement Care, Understanding bereavement and loss. 2004
- Mine Fields College; Human Givens, Effective Counselling 2005
- Buckinghamshire CC; Way In, Child Protection Workshop 2005
- Buckinghamshire Youth and Community Service, Every Child Matters-What works in youth work 2005
- Buckinghamshire Youth and Community Service, Working Intensively with Young People- 2006
- National Open College Network, Drugs Awareness Course. 2006
- PTUK, Introduction to Play Therapy 2007
- Buckinghamshire County Council, Connexions; Sharing Best Practice 2007
- Mine Fields College; How to lift low self esteem. 2007
- Albany Focus; Taking attachment seriously. 2007
- SDS; Skills for managing self harm and suicide. 2009
- Albany Focus; Working with people who have chronic illness or disabilities. 2009
Tavistock and Portman NHS; Psychodynamic approaches to working with Children, Adolescents and their Families. 2009
Allied Child Protection Consultants; Understanding Child Sexual Abuse 2011
Albany Focus; Asperger's Awareness. 2014
BPS approved SDS, Certificate in CBT Therapy for Children and Adolescents- The impact of Trauma and PTSD
SDS; Essential Supervision Skills 2017
I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered Counsellor. 86595
I have had a Private Practice since 2004.
I have worked in several schools since 2004, building Counselling services within the educational sector. Prior to this I worked for a Young Peoples advisory service WAY IN in Buckinghamshire. My role was to set up a new venture, and to work in the community Counselling and setting up new Counselling services within Schools, Dr's surgeries and Youth Clubs. I would give presentations around Counselling and the services offered by the Advisory Service. I would also Counsel the young people at these services. Prior to this I worked within Connexions; a government funded service that provided Counselling to young people in many schools within Buckinghamshire. I have also worked in several schools in Hertfordshire and currently Manage a Counselling Service for a large Hertfordshire based School Foundation where I have worked for the last 14 years.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Adolescent related issues
£70.00 per session.