Child & Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor - Arts
PGDip, Adv Dip, MBACP
A unique and specialised approach to working with children and adolescents using the arts to acknowledge, experience and process feelings, alongside a professional therapist in confidence.
Seeking help can stir up strong feelings for parents.
I absolutely understand how very difficult it is for parents to watch their child struggle with difficult feelings, especially when they might also be unsure of how to help them. This is very much in my mind when I receive a referral, I see how seeking help for your child can be a very generous act for a parent, to allow your child to find their own voice and understanding of their emotional life in therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
2011 - 2015 - Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Studies (Level 7)
1: Clinical Skills and Fundamental Principles in Integrative Child Psychotherapy
2: Psychotherapeutic Concepts for the Understanding of Babyhood and Childhood Experience
3: Infant Observation (Parent / Infant Interaction - Neurobiology, Observation and Research)
4: Child Mental Health and Psychiatric Issues in Child Psychotherapy
5: Advanced Clinical Skills Image, Metaphor and the Inner World in Integrative Child Psychotherapy
The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London
26th February 2016 - OXPIP Practitioner Conference 2016, Oxford
'Things Fall Apart', discussed the delicate processes involved in engaging vulnerable mothers in therapy with their infants, but also the wider politics of what is happening to our frontline mental health and childcare services.
14th October 2015 WIPC Conference “Assessing a parent’s capacity to change in the timescales of their child” St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
September 2015 Art Performance for Branchage Arts Festival Jersey. I explored the sense of isolation which comes from island life alongside the sense of community living on an island enables. I used the use of metaphor, sound, weaving and performance to explore the themes in the piece.
July & November 2015 - Postgraduate Research Seminar for JICAS. The Jersey International Centre of Advanced Studies is an independent, non-profit institution that aims to promote and facilitate research for an international community of scholars and students. I attend these research presentations and have contributed my own Infant Observation research to the group.
Sept 2010 - July 2011 - Postgraduate Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts / Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts
This training enables students to tap into their own creativity in order to reach a deeper level of connection with themselves and others; to appreciate the potential of the human imagination; to develop knowledge and understanding of the nature of the inner world, of dreams and the many different forms and uses of human imagery. This training also focuses on the supervised practise of facilitation skills and on the three-way communication between therapist, client and art image.
Sept 2011 - Sept 2012 - Parent Child Art Group Creator & Facilitator
2010 - Certificate in Counselling Skills - Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London
July 09 - “Enabling Children to Speak About Feelings Through Emotional Literacy Games &
Exercises” - Training Day at IATE (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education )
Diploma in Fine Art - Merit - UAL Central St Martins, London
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Use of the arts
Photos & videos
The first step is a Parent Consultation to hear both parents speak about their son or daughter in terms of his or her development and major transitions, and to learn more about the needs of the family.
My therapeutic work centres around finding ways to help the child communicate problematic (yet most likely unconscious) thoughts and feelings. Once we have a clear indication of what these are, we can work towards a resolution. I am aiming for better relationships at home, and very often, great improvements in school. My work assists in allowing the child and family to reach their full potential. For the most part, children (and for that matter adults) don’t recognise the unconscious processes which cause our struggles. Adults can attend talking therapy to help understand their feelings and delve deeper into themselves; children and adolescents who may lack the language to describe complex emotions may need a more creative approach. This is what 'arts centered' theraputic work with the child aims to achieve.
Arts centered theraputic work involves using age-relevant creative means to aid expression. For example, I will encourage use of the art materials at certain points in the therapy and be continually observing how the child is using them, what s/he creates, how s/he approaches the materials, how s/he approaches the therapeutic relationship (me), how s/he characterises the puppets in my room or the story s/he may create in the sand tray, all to attempt a deeper understanding of the child's experience. Once I have more of a picture of the child's internal world, I am more able to understand the child’s behaviour. I then aim to facilitate the child in making sense of their experience, which in turn can alleviate difficult emotions.
The process starts by booking in for an initial Parent Consultation. This is a 90 minute adult session in which we discuss the child. This session is paid upon booking, and the cost is £120. I request payment via Bacs payment.
Following this session I do a 6 week assessment with the child, and the cost of this is £540. I will be able to get a sense of what the child is struggling with, and an idea of whether the work should be short term (another six sessions) or more longer term. This can be paid over the course of the assessment period, I invoice on a fortnightly basis.
The use of a regular time and the same setting is essential to contain the child's anxieties when working therapeutically. It is the availability of the therapist’s mind which establishes an emotionally containing relationship in which the child’s own view of the world can be expressed, through words, images, play, stories, dreams and/or actions. The work of the therapist is to find a way of carefully making this explicit to the child so that a shared insight into the child’s way of functioning is arrived at. Over time this understanding can be internalised by the child so that he or she can begin to understand their own feelings and behaviour. Once we have agreed to begin the work I am completely committed to your child and will reserve my time to support the sense of containment essential for this work. Therefor, a session that is missed must be charged for unless I can offer another within the week of the missed session. I understand that sometimes life gets in the way of this structure and I will accept a cancellation with at least 24 hours notice of the session.
Psychotherapeutic Counselling with young people works with a wide variety of difficulties. These include family breakdown, abuse, behavioral disorders, communication disorders such as Autism, bed wetting, refusal to go to school, eating difficulties, developmental problems, psychosomatic disorders and depression.
It is often found that children who begin to make some sense of their own emotional life in turn establish better relationships with those they are close to.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client