Hayley Lake

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MSc in Counselling with Children and Young People, MBACP
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Walsall, West Midlands, WS8
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About me

Hi there! My name is Hayley and I am a counsellor who specialises in working with children and young people (CYP). I am passionate about giving a voice to my young clients and am dedicated to ensuring that they feel valued and respected throughout their time in therapy and are given the opportunities to share their experiences freely and feel heard and listened to.

I am an Integrative counsellor, which means that I use a variety of therapeutic approaches and will adapt these to the needs/wishes of the client. I take a very humanistic approach when working with children and young people. The main approaches I use are person-centred therapy, solution-focused therapy, creative therapy and play therapy. However, there are times when my adolescent clients may benefit from a different form of therapy, possibly cognitive, gestalt or even family therapy if there are struggles between them and other family members, and so I do also use these with my clients. 

Nevertheless, although the approach we use in therapy is important, the therapeutic relationship between you and myself is at the centre. I will ensure that you feel safe and comfortable in our sessions. All clients are provided with a safe and supportive therapeutic space to talk about and express their thoughts and feelings freely and without judgement, and sessions are catered to meet their ages, needs, and goals for therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as a counsellor with The University of Northampton and achieved my Masters (MSc) in Counselling with Children and Young People in July 2020 and gained a Grade Distinction. I also have a First-Class BA(Hons) Degree in Childhood and Family Studies and Education Studies from The University of Wolverhampton.

For 3 years now I have been providing one-to-one counselling to children and young people in primary and secondary schools. From June 2018-March 2020 I worked on a voluntary basis for Place2Be. From September 2020 to December 2020 I worked as a counsellor at a Grammar School, providing individual and group counselling sessions to students aged 7-18; I also taught wellbeing lessons as a part of the school's wellbeing and pastoral programme. From March 2021-December 2021 I worked in the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Department of a secondary school to provide one-to-one in-class support to students with ADHD and Autism. Now, I am working fulltime as a Mental Health Practitioner (MHP) for Place2Be in a Birmingham primary school, and I work with my private clients of an evening.

Overall I have been working with children and young people for 11 years, and before becoming a counsellor I worked as an assistant swimming teacher, a primary & secondary school teaching assistant, a babysitter, and a Qualified Early Years Educator in a local day nursery for 5 years. Because of these many years studying and working with children, I have a very strong understanding of child and adolescent development, as well as how various life events can affect them as they grow up into young adults.

I have up-to-date training in many areas of Safeguarding & Child Protection, as well as Prevent Duty and GDPR training. I am also fully DSL trained as part of my fulltime employment with Place2Be. As a counsellor I engage in a great deal of CPD to continue enhancing my knowledge-base.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and therefore follow the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, including respecting confidentiality. My BACP registration number is 381360. To further ensure I am practicing safely, I have indemnity insurance and fortnightly supervision.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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
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£40.00 - £45.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I know myself how expensive counselling can be and so I try my best to make the sessions as affordable as possible for you. I charge…

£40 for a 50-minute video/phone call session

£45 for a 50-minute face-to-face session.
*Session prices for face-to-face home visits may vary due to travel costs

I take payments via bank transfer.

I will not make you commit to attending regular sessions if this is not what you want or can afford. If you aren’t sure whether you can afford counselling or not, please do still contact with me as it may be possible for me to offer you a slightly reduced rate depending on your situation.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I provide weekday evening sessions up until 9pm

Further information

How can counselling help me? - Talking about your experiences and the thoughts and feelings that you have felt because of these can be difficult, especially if talking about them is not something you have ever done properly before. With the help of a counsellor such as myself, you will be given the chance to express your thoughts and feelings freely and without judgement whilst within a safe and confidential space. I am dedicated to ensuring that you feel valued and respected throughout your time in therapy and are given the opportunities to share your experiences and to feel heard and listened to.

Do I need to have a 'goal' before coming to counselling? - If you have a goal in mind that you would like to achieve then that’s great, we can work towards this together by exploring your thoughts and feelings and helping you to find new coping strategies to reach your goal/s. However, sometimes it’s hard to know what goals you have straight away so early on into counselling, but don’t worry because this is something we can work on together during your sessions.

Walsall, Walsall, West Midlands, WS8

Type of session

Home visits

Types of client

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

Key details

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Hayley Lake
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