I'm a fully qualified Counsellor for Children, Teenagers and Young People.
I work with children (from age 5) to Adults.
I'm based close to Bishops Stortford, Stansted and Saffron Walden where I have a private, welcoming, well-equipped therapy room or, if preferred, I can work ONLINE.
Whatever is the reason for therapy, I will provide a place which is safe and calming. You and/or your child will be met with warmth, empathy and understanding.
I'm an experienced school counsellor, in both mainstream primary and secondary schools. I've worked with the charity, Place2Be and in a residential special school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs.
All sorts of stresses can bring children and young people to counselling.
Unsurprisingly, Covid 19 is causing much anxiety for children and young people at the moment. In addition to this, I can help you / your child with issues including: anxiety, exam stress, low self esteem, feeling sad, bereavement, concern over body image and identity, self-harm, transition from primary school, bullying, gaming and social media pressure, feeling lost and alone, depression, stress, trauma and abuse, divorce and relationship worries and teen pregnancy.
Sometimes, it is hard to find the words to say exactly how we feel. I am trained to work with play and creative materials to help children and young people show and explore meaning. My room is equipped with a wide range of play and art materials, objects and sensory materials - all of which are safe and suitable for all ages.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and work according to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and Competences for working with children.
II offer face to face sessions and I can offer online sessions using ZOOM.
Safeguarding trained, Enhanced DBS
Please take a look at my website www.gillwharmbycounselling.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) University of Nottingham
Dip HE Counselling for Children and Young People - Anglia Ruskin University
Anxiety Management without Drugs
How to break the cycle of Depression
Effective Anger Management
NSPCC Child Protection in Schools
Conversations That Matter - Child Centre for Mental Health
In addition to my private practice, I have been a school counsellor with Place2Be in a primary school setting in Harlow as well as working as a school counsellor at a secondary school in Haverhill and in a Residential Special School for social, emotional and mental health needs.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer weekday, evening and weekend appointments. Online sessions though ZOOM are also available.