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Child & Adolescent Counsellor - Reg. MBACP

About me

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.

Member organisations


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


Additional information

My fees are;

£40 for a 50 minute initial meeting and assessment with parent or primary carer

£55 for a 50 minute session

£55 for 50 minute 6 week review with parent or primary carer

£75 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.

When I work

I offer flexible appointment times to fit in around school.

Further information

There is free parking and disabled access at my therapy room.

The Youth Lounge, Warlingham Methodist Church, Limpsfield Road, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9LE

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people

Key details

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