Julia Gibson BA, BSc, PgDip Counselling Children, Reg. MBACP
I specialise in working with primary age school children, early intervention to build resilience is key to mental health well being. I adopt an integrative approach which means I can respond flexibly to each child's needs, your child is unique. My approach is largely play based and child led, giving your child the opportunity to explore their feelings in a safe, non judgemental space, professionally supported. Play is the medium through which children communicate feelings that they themselves may not even understand or have the language and understanding to express through words. Building a trusting relationship in which your child feels accepted, come what may, is fundamental to my work. Feeling heard and finding a voice is as important to a child as an adult.
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked in the classroom in primary schools for 20 years and have a sound understanding of the pressures on families and children in our world today. Seeing the ever increasing issues with mental health experienced by some of our youngest children led me to train for a career in working therapeutically with a leading provider of mental health provision in schools. Children and young people are at the core of my practice, I am passionate and committed to working with them to help build resilience and make sense of what can be a confusing and conflicted world. Therapeutically I work with children from all primary school key stages with a diverse range of issues in both a school setting and in my private therapy room. I also work in a primary school in London as a School Project Manager, overseeing counselling services and in working 1:1 and with small groups of children.
Enhanced DBS available to view online.
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
I am happy to see clients after school hours/early evenings. With school consent I will see them at school during school hours. I also work remotely via Zoom.
Being a parent is one of the hardest, yet most important jobs in the world. If you feel your child would benefit from seeing me then please do get in touch for an initial chat.