Kate Kirk - Child & Adolescent Counsellor - Reg. MBACP
I am an experienced counsellor and play therapist who specialises in working with children and young people. I have worked in both primary and secondary schools, including a special needs setting, and I am passionate about offering early intervention to any child who may need it.
Every child will experience ups and downs through their early years but when their problems start getting in the way of their every day life, that is when they may need additional support.
However, children can find it difficult to talk about things, so instead will display behavioural issues that alert the adults around them that something is not right. In turn, this behaviour can affect the child’s development, emotional well-being, relationships and education. In struggling to cope with their emotions, children can show signs of anxiety, anger, aggression or fear.
This is where counselling and play therapy can help. It gives the child the opportunity to express themselves in their own way. My approach is child-led, and with the use of creative materials and toys they can work through their feelings and thus try to process and understand what is going on.
I will provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space in which to help them view things from another standpoint, build resilience and give them techniques for coping.
I offer both short and long term counselling and I tailor my approach to each individual client.
Initial Meeting with Parents or Primary Carer
During this time we would talk about the difficulties your child is experiencing, their childhood history, any significant life events that he/she may have experienced and generally for me to find out more about them. I will explain to you how I work and how I explain things to the young person. It is also a time for you to see the counselling room and for you to decide if you would like to proceed. There is no obligation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB
Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children - CPCAB, Place2Be
Level 3 Diploma in Children & Young People's Workforce - EdExcel
ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant - Surrey County Council
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies - CPCAB
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills - CPCAB
Educare certificates in Data Protection, Child Protection, First Aid Essentials
I have an enhanced DBS check and I have Professional Liability insurance.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are;
£30 for a 45 minute initial meeting and assessment with parent or primary carer
£45 for a 50 minute session
£45 for 50 minute 6 week review with parent or primary carer
£60 for 1 hour 15 mins family session
Please feel free to contact to make an appointment or if you would like more information. If I am unavailable to take your call please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I offer flexible appointment times to fit in around school.
There is free parking and disabled access at my therapy room.