Emily Gomes - PG Dip - MBACP - Child And Adolescent Counsellor
I am an experienced and fully qualified therapeutic counsellor for children and adolescents aged 4-18 years old, and provide counselling in a confidential, non judgemental and safe setting. I work from my own therapy room in Farnborough, Hampshire. I am able to offer support and relief from the overwhelming and confusing feelings that can leave a child or adolescent feeling vulnerable.
Through the therapy process, children and young people can develop their communication skills and confidence levels, as well as learning how to cope with difficult feelings. The benefit of this includes improving your child's relationship with family and friends, whilst enabling them to focus afresh on learning and living a contented childhood.
How I work
As children do not usually talk openly about their difficulties, they will often communicate feelings and thoughts through play, the arts and by using the toys provided in the therapy room. Older children and adolescents may also use the arts to explore how they feel or they may like to talk through their experiences and any associated feelings. Over time, anxious, hurt, angry or upsetting feelings can be put into words rather than actions. The child or young person can then be helped to make sense of their feelings and experience. Therefore, my therapy rooms are equipped to compliment and support all age groups.
My approach is child-led, which means that the sessions are led by each child or adolescent, at their pace and are tailored to their individual needs. The use of verbal communication, creative materials and play help to work through and express their feelings. Therefore, I draw from a number of therapeutic methods, and this means that my integrative framework includes different approaches including: psychodynamic, person centred and CBT therapeutic techniques.
If you would like any further information about how I work or how I might be able to help support your child or adolescent through a challenging time in their lives, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children in Schools
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children
LLB Law & Politics
I have worked in both the primary and secondary school settings, where I provided one to one therapy for children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 16 years. I have experience of working with groups and on a self-referral drop-in basis. I also work privately, offering short and long term counselling.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial free no obligation meeting for parents/carers to discuss any needs you or your child may have. You will be able to view the therapy room, learn about how I work and ask any questions you may have about the counselling process. If you decide to proceed, we will arrange a weekly appointment for your child or adolescent to attend their 50 minute session. My fees are £50 per 50 minute session.
I provide parents/carers an opportunity to discuss further any areas of concern and review progress. Concessions are available upon discussion.
Concessions offered for
I am able to see clients during the day or evenings.
I am fully insured and a registered member of the BACP. I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.