Hayley Lake - BA(Hons), MSc in Counselling with Children and Young People, MBACP
Hi! My name is 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 children and young people 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, and this means that when we work together, I will vary the therapeutic approaches I use to your individual needs. The approaches I primarily use as a counsellor are; person-centred therapy, creative and art therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, systemic therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.
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.
Due to COVID-19 and to ensure that you and I can remain safe and well, all counselling sessions are currently being done using online platforms and via phone call. However, it is hoped that in the near future, face-to-face sessions will be able to resume.
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 worked at a through-school to provide both 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. I now have my private counselling practice as well as working as a secondary school TA for EHCP students and students with social/emotional difficulties.
In addition to my counselling experience, I have worked and volunteered with children and young people in a range of different roles for nine years. This has included: working as an assistant swimming teacher; a primary school teaching assistant; and as a qualified early years educator with very young children aged 0-5. From many years of studying and working with C&YP, I have developed a strong understanding of their learning and development and how various life events can affect them as they grow up into young adults. I am therefore able to show a deep empathy and relational depth towards the children and young people I work with.
I have up-to-date Safeguarding, Child Protection, Prevent, and GDPR training and further ensure that I keep adding to my existing knowledge of my counselling work with regular CPD training.
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.
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
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
From £20.00 to £25.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
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…
£25 for a 50-minute video call or phone call session
£20 for a 50-minute text session
I take payments via bank transfer or PayPal.
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.
Evening sessions on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 6-6.50pm/7-7.50pm
*Extra sessions may be available during the school holidays.
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.
What to expect in my first session? - In helping you to choose the right counsellor for you, I offer a free 30-minute chat session to give us the chance to talk about what brings you to counselling and the help you are looking for. This initial session aims to provide you with a feel for what counselling is like as well as giving you the chance to ask me any amount of questions you need answering.