About me

My counselling practice is currently full and I am not anticipating taking on new clients until at least January 2022.

If you are a practitioner interested in my training and consultancy in using videos games therapeutically, please find further information on my website: elliefinch.co.uk

I specialise in offering online counselling to children and parents who are struggling with issues such as low mood, low self-esteem and anxiety to understand and explore what is troubling them, to find their voice and improve their mood and their relationships.

ONLINE COUNSELLING FOR PARENTS (Individuals and Couples)

Perhaps you are stressed, tired, lonely, anxious or finding you sometimes just snap. Perhaps you are struggling with depression and dark thoughts. Perhaps you are finding yourself arguing with your partner more and more. Perhaps you have had to give up work to look after your child and have lost your sense of identity away from being a parent. I can offer you a non-judgmental and compassionate space to share your story.

Imagine having a space to make sense of all your fears and frustrations.
Imagine rediscovering your relationship with your children and your partner. Imagine getting yourself back and rediscovering who you are and what makes you happy. I can support you through your own journey as a parent. I have a deep understanding of what it means to be a parent; all the hard work that you put in; the fears; the isolation; the frustrations and the joys. Being a parent is tough. You don’t need to do this on your own. If you need someone to talk to, do contact me.

Parenting during COVID is even tougher than usual. Couples are at breaking point. If you feel that you and your partner could benefit from having some counselling together, please contact me. I’m currently offering an initial free 50-minute session to couples, call or email me to book your session.

I have a particular specialism in working with parents and siblings of children with special needs.

ONLINE COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN

I also specialise in providing online counselling to children aged 8-18 who are struggling with low mood, poor self-esteem, identity issues, friendships, anxiety, panic attacks, parental separation, grief, self-harming or suicidal thoughts.

Are you worried about your child?

I’ve worked with many children and young people with caring parents like you. Are you unable to sleep at night for worrying about your child? Do you feel helpless and confused about why your child is depressed, anxious, uncommunicative, self-harming or having suicidal thoughts? Are you scared about losing your relationship with your child or of losing your child all together?

No one wants to feel that way. Imagine feeling less anxious about your child. Imagine your child finding their voice, their identity and developing in to a confident, happy young person with interests and positive relationships with friends, family and teachers.

I can offer your child a confidential space to share how they are feeling and to explore what is going on in their world. I can support them to make sense of the things that are troubling them and find a way to share their feelings with the important people in their lives such as you, their parent.

I love what I do and I have spent the past 11 years understanding and finding the best way to support young people. I work at a deep level which means that I will get to the heart of what is going on for your child and help them to make sense of what is going on for them so that they are empowered to find their own way through their problems.

I am a highly trained and experienced Integrative Counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I tailor my approach to each individual and often incorporate play, art and drama games and activities in to my practice to enable your child to express themselves in a way that fits their unique personality. I am very experienced at building a strong relationship with the young people I work with.

My relationship with you as a parent is also really important to me and I offer an initial session with you and your child so that we can establish altogether how your child and I will work together. I can also meet you separately at first if you prefer. In addition, I offer optional review sessions, where appropriate, which you are invited to so that your child can share their progress with you.

I specialise in working online and via telephone. This means I can connect with your child on their terms, wherever they are, using whatever means they are most comfortable with; chat, email, voice or video over whatsapp, facetime, zoom, computer games, virtual sandtrays, avatar therapy or phone.

Online and telephone counselling have been proven to be just as effective as face-to-face counselling and, in my experience, they can work even better. I’ve found using computer games and apps such as Minecraft in counselling to be a fantastically effective way to engage children and young people.

In addition to Minecraft , I use virtual therapy rooms to engage children and young people and make use of the online medium by integrating music, film clips, online board games, informative videos and video books and more in to my online practice.

Online and telephone counselling can be particularly helpful for your child if they suffer from social anxiety or find being in a new environment difficult. It equalises the relationship; instead of being in a random office they are in their own environment and are likely to feel far more comfortable. And with counselling using Minecraft they are in a familiar space online too, they are in their safe space and it is there where the restorative work can begin.

Training, qualifications & experience

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING


2013-2015
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN INTEGRATIVE COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
University of East London
Training Placements:
Place2Be - School Counsellor, London
Women's Centre, London


2010-2012
MASTERS IN SOCIAL WORK
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and University of East London
Masters Dissertation on engaging young people in online mental health services
Training placements:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Adolescent Service at the The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Camden Multi-Agency Liaison Team (MALT)
Stars in the Sky - Dating Agency for Adults with Learning Difficulties (as featured in the Channel 4 TV series 'The Undateables')


2005-2008
BA (HONS) SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY
University of Cambridge


2020
CERTIFICATE IN ONLINE AND TELEPHONE COUNSELLING
Counselling Tutor (accredited by ACTO - Association for Counselling and Therapy Online)
This is an 80 hour course which meets the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) core competences that practitioners need to have to work online and over the phone with clients


2012-2014
ADVOCATE, CASE WORKER AND COORDINATOR OF VOLUNTEERS
The Children's Society, New Londoners Project working with young, destitute asylum seekers


2009-2010
CHILDLINE - PHONE AND ONLINE CHAT COUNSELLOR
ChildLine, London

Recent Continuing Professional Development:

COUPLES THERAPY TRAINING
12 day training with The Centre for Relational Couples Therapy

WORKING WITH SUICIDAL CLIENTS
Andrew Reeves - SDS

DEVELOPING SKILLS IN COUPLES WORK
Tavistock Relationships Summer School

YOUTH GAMBLING AND GAMING AWARENESS EDUCATION PROGRAMME
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM)

GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT TRAINING
Cruse and Winston's Wish

REFLECTIVE PARENTING - INCREASING MENTALIZING IN THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP
Anna Freud Centre

THE IMPACT OF COMPLEX MEDICAL CONDITIONS & SERIOUS ILLNESS ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE & THEIR FAMILIES
Naomi Moore, The Sunflower Network

ONLINE HARMS & ONLINE SAFEGUARDING
Cath Knibbs, The Sunflower Network

QUALIFIED PROREAL FACILITATOR
ProReal

WORKING ONLINE WITH COUPLES
Ian Wallace

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Special Needs

Special Educational Needs

Siblings of children with special needs

Parents of children with special needs

Photos & videos

Fees

£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£75 per session

For those in financial hardship, I have two reduced rate places, please ask if a place is available.

I offer a free 20-minute initial consultation for individuals and a free 50-minute initial consultation for couples. 

For parents looking for a counsellor for their child I offer a free 20-minute initial consultation so you can meet with me first. I then offer an additional free 10 minute meet and greet session with your child so they can also get to know me and see if I am the right counsellor for them. 

Call or email me to book your session.

Sessions lasts for 50 mins and usually takes place on a weekly basis.

I offer short-term and long-term counselling.

Availability

My practice is currently full and I am not anticipating taking on new clients until at least January 2022.

Further information

I am committed to providing an anti-discriminatory and equal opportunities service to all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or disability. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make my service more accessible to you.

London
N19

Birmingham
West Midlands
B2

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Couples

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Ellie Finch

Ellie Finch