I work as a BACP accredited counsellor and have worked with children and families for over 30 years in varied roles within education and the NHS. I use a variety of techniques and skills including talking therapies, and the creative arts. My main focus is around a person centred approach using a psychoanalytical framework to support expression through the use of the arts or simply by talking and listening.
Currently I work within an NHS setting as well as having a private practice.
The service offered is confidential and is for individuals (children, young people and adults), who may be experiencing a wide variety of emotional difficulties. Over the years I have worked with many reasons for emotional distress including depression, grief and loss, anxiety and panic attacks, bullying/abuse, stress and work related stress, self-harm and significant life events which have caused trauma.
With children I use play and the creative arts as a vehicle for the therapy, as this is how children naturally process their life experiences, thoughts and feelings. Building a trusting relationship can sometimes take time. Children then begin to make sense of their life, feelings and difficulties and process their experiences. This can help a child move forward in their development and build better future relationships.
With adults and young people, I work from a person centred perspective, consider life experiences and sometimes introduce the use of the creative arts as a form of expression if you find it difficult to put into words what you would like to say or would like to explore a different way of expressing. Talking through, expressing in whatever form that it might be, feeling heard, can help work through past experiences, traumas and current difficulties so that life can be seen from another perspective, ways of coping can be found and feelings may be managed.
I work in a gentle and sensitive way, attuned to the needs of my clients and with kindness. I understand that people seeking emotional support and understanding may be feeling fragile, vulnerable or confused.
I provide an out of hours service for those who cannot take the time off work.
I would be very pleased for you to contact me to see whether counselling might be the right thing for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my career working within the primary school setting for over 24 years in a number of roles from Class Teacher to Head Teacher
I then retrained as a counsellor and have experience working in a range of primary, secondary and middle schools; at St Helena’s Hospice and for a charity, kids Inspire.
Diploma in Colour Therapy (2010)
Diploma in Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts (2012)
Diploma in Child Counselling (2013)
Parent and Child Observation (2015)
BACP accreditation (2016)
Currently I work for the NHS in a therapeutic role and am continuing to study for CYP IAPT in family therapy.
In my private practice I work with children, young people and families or members within a family.
I have a DBS certificate and public liability insurance.
I keep up to date in my knowledge and skills through continued professional development courses and workshops in safeguarding, health and safety, and counselling practices.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
From £35 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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