I specialise in helping children and young people 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 to understand and explore what is troubling them, to find their voice and improve their mood and their relationships.
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.
How I work
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 or phone.
Online and telephone counselling have been proven to be just as effective as face-to-face therapy and, in my experience, they can work even better. I use a virtual play room 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 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.
For this reason, I have developed an innovative counselling service using computer games. I’ve found using computer games such as Minecraft in counselling to be a fantastically effective way to engage children and young people. With counselling using Minecraft, they are in a familiar space online too, they are in their realm and it is there where the restorative work can begin.
To find out more about my service using Minecraft for counselling please visit my website: https://www.myrealmcounselling.co.uk/
“After one session with you my son was positively bouncy and happier than he has been for a long time. Thank you.” Mum of 12-year-old
Training, qualifications & experience
*Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of East London)
*Masters in Social Work – with a focus on the mental health of young people (Tavistock Clinic and University of East London)
*Masters Dissertation on engaging young people in mental health services online
*Trained within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Adolescent Service at the Tavistock Clinic in London
*ChildLine – online and telephone counsellor
*Place2Be – schools counsellor
*Currently also working for The CLD Trust in Hereford (a counselling service for young people)
* Certificate in online and telephone counselling from Counselling Tutor (accredited by ACTO - Association for Counselling and Therapy Online) meaning that I meet the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists core competences that practitioners need to have to work online and over the phone with clients
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Special Educational Needs
Siblings of children with special needs
Parents of children with special needs
£60 per session (for those in financial hardship, I have two reduced rate places, please ask if a place is available)
Each session lasts for 50 mins and usually takes place on a weekly basis.
I offer short-term and long-term counselling, depending on the needs of the young person.