PG Dip Children and Young People, MA Music Therapy
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Hi, I’m Fiona. I am a warm and compassionate person who works mainly with children and young people from the age of 6 to 25. I understand that it is likely to be a difficult time for you as a family if you have found your way here, so I would like to tell you a bit about the way that I work.
I am passionate about the importance of young people being able to believe that they are valued and understood. My therapy room provides a non-judgemental and confidential space for them to work through any issues they may currently be experiencing, as well as a safe place to explore and process past events which may be impacting on the present.
I believe that each young person is unique; everyone who experiences anxiety, depression, trauma and other emotional events may experience it in different ways, depending on their personal view of the world. Working empathically, I am guided in the sessions by each young person's individual needs. My goal is to see each young person through the lens of their own experiences, in order to help them understand and improve their lives. I work creatively, combining traditional verbal approaches with music, art, sandtray and play.
It can be difficult sometimes for a child or young person to talk about their feelings and emotions. I have found that Music Therapy can offer a different approach to working, as music often plays an extremely important role in the lives of young people. You do not need to be musical to engage in this type of therapy; often, simply sitting down together and listening to a favourite song, or one that deals with a particular issue, may help a young person realise that they are not alone in feeling the way they do. They may then feel able to explore their feelings, possibly using the lyrics as a guide.
This is just one way in which Music Therapy may help a young person connect during counselling. Participating in music and arts-based activities in a safe, non-judgemental environment can help children and young people increase their confidence and self esteem, which may give them the ability to cope better with the problems they face in their daily lives.
I became interested in Music Therapy after many years of teaching music, and decided to combine it with my previous studies in Psychology, in order to help others. As my passion lies mainly with helping children and young people, this is the area I specialise in, although I am also trained to work with people of all ages, including older adults experiencing Alzheimers and Dementia.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Music Therapy (Merit) - University of South Wales
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling for Children and Young People (Distinction) - University of South Wales
Bachelor of Music (Honours) - Brabant Conservatoire, The Netherlands
BSc Psychology - University of Edinburgh
I am currently working as a Clinical Lead for a school-based counselling service providing face-to-face, online and telephone sessions. My previous roles have enabled me to work with children with profound and multiple learning difficulties, autism and other complex neurodevelopmental and behavioural needs. I have also run music therapy groups for children and young people, and for many years have been the Musical Director of both male and female choirs in South East Wales.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free initial telephone consultation. During this time, I can assess your needs and it may also help you decide whether you would like to come and see me in person or not.
A session costs £40 and usually lasts for 50 minutes. There is no obligation to sign up for any predetermined amount of sessions. Some issues may be resolved in a few sessions, whereas others may take much longer and you can choose to stop at any time.
The sessions take place in my home. My therapy room is a warm and inviting space, offering safety and privacy. I also offer online counselling sessions via Zoom, or telephone sessions if this is what you prefer.
Please feel free to call or email me if you would like any further information.