Liz Bunting - UKCP Accredited Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist & MBACP
Hello, my name is Liz. I am a UKCP Accredited Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, Registered Member with BACP and EAGALA Certified Practitioner.
During Covid 19 I have continued to provide clients with therapy in ways they feel most comfortable with, this has included outdoor Forest Walks with or without the therapy dogs, indoor face to face sessions whilst socially distancing & wearing a mask if we cannot be 2 metres apart, telephone & zoom sessions.
I have extensive experience of over 12 years specialising in adolescence, helping many young people from the age of 12 into adulthood who are struggling with stress, depression, extreme anxiety, low mood, anger, low self esteem, low confidence, relationships, identity, friendships, self harm, suicidal thoughts, decision making, motivation, effective communication, transitions such as high school, college or University, understanding/setting & maintaining safe and appropriate boundaries, self awareness, trust, resilience, exclusion from school, identity and friendships, feeling angry or numb or lost and vulnerable feeling like there is nowhere to turn. I provide a comfortable, safe and confidential therapeutic space for adolescents to explore and express themselves and their troubles in a consistent and emotionally safe place, for all young people from the age of 12 into adulthood.
My therapeutic approach is Integrative which means I draw from different theories and select the most useful and relevant to suit each individual’s personal need and preferred way of working. This often begins developing a therapeutic relationship to understand and work through some of the issues; it will also often include interventions using metaphor – depending on the goals and interests of each individual client this may involve using Sandtray, clay and working working with therapy dog(s) indoor with Aurora or outdoor with Zeus (AAP) Animal Assisted Psychotherapy.
As a parent you may be feeling at a loss as to how to help your child, believing that you don’t have the answers and wondering if seeking professional help means you are failing. Let me assure you that this is a normal and natural feeling and as a parent you are too close and emotionally too involved to assess the problem. You may worry that your son or daughter won’t be willing to talk to a ‘stranger’ or fear there is a stigma attached to seeing a therapist.
I acknowledge when a young person agrees to attend therapy it is a significant psychological step and also a risk. There is often a moment of connection when I explain that being an adolescent is a time of transition, they are not alone and that we will work collaboratively to help them develop the tools that can assist them to face and overcome their challenges and fears, so they thrive rather than strive.
Parents experience relief, when they realise that professional support need not have a stigma attached and that their child is willing to talk with me. Every parent is doing the best they can but it can be difficult to step back because of the depth of the emotional attachment between parent and child.
I established my private practice Kaleidoscope Psychotherapy 6 years ago. I hold an Enhanced DBS/CRB clearance confirming my suitability to work with vulnerable adults, children and young people. I am recognised with Health Care Insurance Providers including Aviva and WPA etc and I hold Professional Liability/Indemnity Insurance.
I am a member of the following organisations and work in accordance with their Codes of Ethics and Professional Practice: UKCP The UK Council for Psychotherapy, BACP British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, and EAGALA Equine Assisted Growth And Learning.
I am based at Tealstone Therapy Rooms in Nantwich, Cheshire and offer daytime and evening appointments.
I have extensive experience working with the following issues:
· Attention problems
· Decision making
· Difficulties with friendships & relationships
· Exam stress
· Family breakups
· Low mood
· Loss & bereavement
· Low self esteem
· Low self confidence
· Problems at school
· Panic attacks
· Self harm
· School refusal
· Trouble sleeping
· Transitions: moving schools, house or college/university
· Time management
For Young People
The teenage years are a time of transition, a time when a young person is forming their identity amidst the flux of change outside in the environment with relationships with peers and parents, at home, school, or work. There are many changes going on within the brain and body, with biological and hormonal changes happening very quickly, all of this can be confusing.
Often young people find identifying how they feel and communicating about these challenging or almost impossible; this is where I can help. My therapeutic experience involves using different methods which eases the initial anxiety that most young people feel when attending therapy for the first time. These include creative methods such as Sandtray and canine or AAT Animal Assisted Psychotherapy which shift the focus or attention from the client by means of working with Metaphor and Experiential activities which enables the teenager to come to an understanding of themselves, their experiences and their feelings. Being able to make sense of these greatly reduces anxiety and increases self confidence, enabling them to work through the issue(s).
I have experience working with young people across a range of services including Place2Be and ChildLine/NSPCC in Manchester, Beacon a charity based in Bramhall, Stockport and within the NHS as part of a primary mental health team.
If you would like more information email me on Liz@kaleidoscopepsychotherapy.co.uk or call or text on: 07970 920 805. I will be happy to arrange an initial consultation with you and answer any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Adults
BSc (Honours) Psychology
Certificate in Transactional Analysis
Certified Eagala Practitioner
Certificate in Counselling
Certificate of Professional Development; Listening to Children & Young People
I have experience working within the NHS as part of a primary mental health team providing counselling to adults and with Beacon Counselling, a Bramhall based charity in Stockport working with adults and young people between the ages of eleven and nineteen. Issues worked with include Anxiety, ADHD, depression, panic attacks, bereavement, exclusion from school, issues around identity, friendships and relationships, whose parents are separated or divorced and self esteem/confidence problems.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
Fees vary depending on your requirements for individual or group therapy or professional development.
I am available on weekdays and evenings.