I am passionate about working with young people and families. I also have a particular passion for working with young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. I love the fast changes young people make, when given practical techniques to get in touch with their feelings, and ultimately get to know themselves, so they can find what truly makes their hearts sing. The work I do, with children and young people, is not solely about fixing and managing problems, although this is a large part of it. It is also about helping young people to find their own voices, discover dreams that really appeal to them, and then find the resources to make those dreams realities. I have worked with children and adolescents with: relationship difficulties; who have had difficult life experiences, and are finding it hard to feel happy; depression; anxiety; anger that was getting them into trouble, due to them acting out; bullying; eating disorders; and childhood trauma that they have never made sense of.
Using compassion, acceptance and humour, I help children, young people and young adults see how their behaviours might be perpetuating their difficulties, and by giving them practical therapeutic techniques, I help them resolve difficulties, that are impacting their lives, relationships and studies. My strength is my ability to offer insight, compassion and unconditional support, working with children, families and young adults to implement simple, but highly effective techniques to overcome their difficulties.
Areas of Special Interest:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
My approach is a style of intervention called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This is an evidence-based intervention that identifies and modifies a child’s or adolescent’s self-defeating ways of thinking.
When a person experiences negative self-talk in the form of self-critical thoughts or worries, I work with them to create more realistic thinking styles which lessen their anxiety, depression and low self esteem. I enjoy the problem-solving components of CBT, and the fact that brief therapy provides effective techniques, which can be used immediately by young people, to enhance their life skills, focus and attention on their studies. In isolation I can find CBT slightly limiting with some clients, so I combine it with unconditional positive regard, and narrative techniques to help people separate negative self talk and/or low self esteem, for example, from who they truly are. In this way they are helped to externalise it, rather than be overwhelmed by it, and get some perspective, and power, to feel, think, and act, in ways which make them happier, and more resilient.
Unconditional Positive Regard
I also use an approach called ‘unconditional positive regard,’ which means accepting the client unconditionally no matter what they think, feel, say or do. This creates a safe therapeutic environment, to create a set of agreements each week that reflect young peoples’ individual needs. These can include learning a type of social skill, assertiveness to address bullying, replacing self-critical thinking styles with more self-accepting thoughts, and behavioural strategies to increase self-confidence.
When working with younger children, I integrate individual CBT with parenting techniques, including strategies for managing challenging behaviour and tantrums.
I often use the work of Dr Daniel Amen who identifies social and emotional difficulties as brain problems which can be addressed with the correct approaches. The adolescents and young adults I work with find that identifying their anxiety and social difficulties as brain difficulties lessens the stigma and shame often associated with these types of problem. Using these techniques has inspired them to rapidly change the quality of their lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a doctorate in clinical psychology from Plymouth University, and an intermediate certificate in child focused systemic therapy (family therapy).
I have worked in New Zealand in a youth inpatient unit with 16 to 18 year olds referred with inter alia psychosis, depression, anxiety, self harm and eating disorders. I ran groups and carried out individual therapy sessions and it was easy to see how inspired they became when given grounded, practical techniques they could put into practise immediately, to feel better.
I have worked privately for a children's therapy practice with children experiencing anxiety. low mood etc. I currently work in a child and adolescent mental health service but am available on Fridays to work privately.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with children who have been bullied, are bed wetting, have anxiety, low mood, anger problems, relationship difficulties, low self esteem, and difficulties at school academically.
I charge 110 pounds per hour in addition to 110 pounds for a report which I write after the first two initial assessment sessions.
'I’d like to thank you India for all your work done with him so far and your advice. He is much better, calmer and emotionally stronger.'
– Parent of a psychology client
'Thank you SO much for all your magic – I know that [my son] has worked on this himself but we couldn’t have done it without you – so huge thanks. He is a joy to be with now and long may it continue!'
– Parent of a 9 year old with with anger problems
'From our first conversation on the phone I felt Dr Whitehouse had the capability to ask the right questions and made me feel at ease. During our first meeting I was also very impressed with how she handled our son who is very selective with people… we now have a much happier child…since visiting Dr Whitehouse my son’s behaviour has improved noticeably and I am very grateful for her work. I would happily recommend her services to others.'
– Parent of a psychology client
'You have changed my life!'
– An 11 year old psychology client
'He is like a different child, it has been so eye opening, I'm really enjoying him.'
Mother of a six year old with a phobia of thunder that led him to vomit