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MSc in Counselling with Children and Young People, MBACP
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 11th September 2022

About me

Hi! I'm Hayley and I am a counsellor who specialises in working with children and young people between the ages of 4 and 25 years. I am passionate about giving a voice to CYP 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 provide an Integrative Approach to counselling children and young people, which means that when we work together, I will vary the therapeutic approaches I use to your individual needs. The approaches I primarily use are; person-centred therapy, creative therapy, and play. However, if it a felt that a client may benefit from other modalities, I do also use some CBT, solution-focused, systemic and psychodynamic techniques with them.

Nevertheless, although the approach we use in therapy is important, the therapeutic relationship between myself and you is the most important. I will therefore 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.

If you are aged 4-13, I will need to get your parents/carers permission before we start working together. If you are 14 or 15 you may need the permission of your parents/carers, but please do contact me to check. If you are 16+ you don’t need parental permission. You can contact me with general questions at any age.

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.

Whilst completing my counselling training and then for a while after, I did my 1:1 counselling work in both primary and secondary schools on a voluntary basis for the school-based counselling service Place2Be and worked with their charity for 2 years. For 3 months I then worked at a Grammar School to provide individual & group counselling sessions to 7-18 year olds. Whilst working here I also taught 'wellbeing' lessons as a part of the school's wellbeing and pastoral programme. Now, I am working full-time for Place2Be as a Mental Health Practitioner in a Primary School in Birmingham, and work with all my private clients of an evening.

I have been working with children for 11 years and before becoming a counsellor I worked and volunteered with C&YP in many different ways, which included: being an assistant swimming teacher, a primary & secondary school teaching assistant, and I was a Qualified Early Years Educator in a day nursery for children aged 0-5 for 5 years. From these many years studying and working with children, I have developed a very strong understanding of how they learn & develop, as well as how various life events can affect them as they grow up into young adults. I am therefore able to show a deep empathy towards the children and young people I work with.

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. As a counsellor I also engage in a great deal of CPD to continue strenghtening 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 also have indemnity insurance and fortnightly supervision.

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

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

Through my 1:1 counselling work I have supported children and young people with a range of mental health difficulties and general life worries. This means I am able to help you with issues such as:

  • Anxieties (i.e. generalised anxiety disorder; social anxiety)
  • Depression and low mood
  • Anger (including anger/behaviour management & coping)
  • Low self-esteem and confidence (including self-identity struggles)
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Traumatic experiences (i.e. domestic violence; assault)
  • School related stresses (i.e. exam pressure & worries; friendships; bullying; school changes; concerns about school and COVID-19)
  • Family relationships and issues at home
  • Eating disorders/food struggles and anxieties
  • OCD


From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial in-person, 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…

£30 for a 50-minute video/phone call session

£40 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

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people

Key details

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