Ella Deeks

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London E8 & E9
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About me

I am a BACP registered child and adolescent psychotherapeutic arts counsellor with over 15 years of experience working with young people. Before training to be a therapist, I was a primary school teacher. I also worked in PRUs and as a nanny, experiences in which gave me comprehensive knowledge of the education, school and care systems and knowledge of the various factors affecting young people’s mental health. With this in mind I have good understanding of the ways exams can cause stress and anxiety for young people. 

It is my core belief that art, play and self-expression is a powerful way to address issues experienced by many children. However, my therapeutic approach is always led by the child or adolescent. I guide young people with empathy, and sensitivity and show them ways in which to express and process any emotion that they are feeling in a safe, contained way. My approach is integrative and humanistic with the individual needs of each person in the foreground.

I work closely with families in a non-judgemental way, to support them in better understanding their child’s needs. 

I have a new space at Balanced life in Hackney Wick for ages 4-18.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 15 years experience working as a TA in primary schools and as a nanny in various roles. I completed a PGCE at The Institute of Education. I then went on to be a primary school teacher and nursery school room leader. I later completed a diploma in child counselling and psychotherapy at The Institute of Arts Therapy and Education. Since graduating I have been working in secondary and primary schools in East London.

My experience has given me great insight into working with parents/carers in a non-judgemental and empathic way. I work closely with parents/carers so that they can have a greater understanding of their child's needs. Please feel free to email me and we can arrange a time to discuss your child or your own experiences in detail. 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My therapy always tries incorporate the arts and the use of the play. However I am a child led therapist and easily adaptable to your child's needs. 

Therapies offered


£95.00 per session

When I work

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Further information

I have a music and performing arts BA honours degree from Oxford Brookes.

Balance Life, London, E9 5ER

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)

Key details

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