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Child and Adolescent Counsellor, BSc, PGDip, MBACP

About me

As a parent or carer, seeking support for your child can sometimes feel daunting or overwhelming. By searching for a counsellor, you are taking the first step and I would very much welcome hearing from you.

I am a qualified integrative counsellor who specialises in working with children and young people aged 4 to 18 years of age.

I use a holistic approach drawing on different models of therapy to tailor support for the individual needs of the young people I work with. I use talking, play and creativity as therapeutic tools to allow my clients to express themselves in different ways however, there is no pressure on clients to use all or any of these specific tools. We use the time and space together in a way that feels comfortable and safe for them to process their feelings and make sense of their experiences. 

Occasionally, there may be a more specific issue in relation to your child which you are unsure how to manage. For example, supporting them through a parent/carer separation or managing their transition to childcare or school. I offer parent/carer consultations when suitable as an alternative intervention to support you and your child. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience: I have over 10 years’ experience of working with children, young people and families in a variety of roles and settings. My experience as a counsellor includes working in schools, a trauma centre, parent consultations, public talks and private practice.

I am skilled in, but not limited to, working with clients to explore the following topics:

  • Abuse
  • Anger and aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression/Low mood
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Family breakdown
  • Loss
  • Low Self-esteem and confidence
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Relationships and Trust
  • Social difficulties
  • Self-harm
  • Stress
  • Trauma 

Training/Qualifications:

  • BSc Psychology
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
  • Ongoing CPD training

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

Fees

£75.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Firstly, we can organise an initial telephone or Zoom call, free of charge, to explore what support you feel your child or teenager needs. We can discuss any initial questions or concerns you may have. There will be no obligation to commit to any sessions.

If you decide that I am the right fit, we can organise for me to meet with your child to carry out a consultation and begin working together on a weekly basis. The fee is £75/session. 

When I work

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St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people