Counselling children and young people is very different from working with adults.
Early on in my training I decided to focus on providing a therapeutic service specifically geared to the needs and requirements of children and young people.
I am experienced in working with children and young people in areas such as loss (including divorce, separation and displacement) and bereavement, family conflict (including domestic violence and abuse), anxieties and phobias, low sense of self esteem and confidence, issues connected to school such as transition, pressure of exams, friendship and peer problems.
My training has led me to work with an integrated approach to counselling, incorporating psychodynamic thinking as well as embracing the attachment theory, systemic theory and the core conditions of a person-centred approach. I use play and art material in my work and have counselled children and adolescents from the age of five years upwards. As every child is unique my working style reflects differing requirements and strategies to benefit each young client.
I have been working with children and young people over fifteen years in both schools and court settings. After qualifying as a Child and Adolescent Counsellor I continued my professional development with an interest in the impact of the loss of an attachment figure on a child during his/her formative years. This led me to undertake additional training in childhood bereavement. I have completed clinical placements in primary schools as well as working with five to 17 year olds in a bereavement service. I also volunteer with a regional bereavement charity that supports bereaved young people attending residential and activity weekends. However, it is not just bereavement that can have an impact on the child or young person and I have worked in areas of loss (including separation, divorce, moving home, changes and transitions at school) which can have an impact on any child, leading to anxiety issues, loneliness, social communication and friendship problems.
As well as building up a small private practice, I work as a part-time counsellor in an independent prep school. I am also a qualified supervisor providing supervision for child and adolescent counsellors. Previously, I ran a primary school counselling service (overseeing and supervising the case load of four counsellors, providing a self-referral service, carrying out group work, circle times/whole class work, and also delivering a service for teaching staff to assist them with thinking about the emotional needs of their pupils).
I am able to see children and young people in their schools (after seeking parental consent for individual work). I also work online using Zoom.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Childhood and Youth Studies BA(Hons) (Open) 2007
- Place2Be Foundation Course in Counselling Children in Schools 2009
- Place2Be Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children 2011 (UEL) - BACP Accredited Course
- Diploma in Childhood Bereavement (Middlesex University) 2013
- Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (CPCAB) 2016
As a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) I adhere to its ethical framework.
I am a member of the Childhood Bereavement Network
Part of my working week is spent managing a school counselling service, working with children, parents, teachers and supervising the therapeutic work of four counsellors. I also continue my clinical work as a school counsellor.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £55 for each 50 minute session, after an initial assessment session at a cost of £25. This first session is spent with both parent/carer and the child/young person during which relevant information is collected. If you decide to commit to sessions at this initial meeting, then signed consent will be obtained. Ideally the sessions will take place at the same time and day each week.
My working place is in Tooting Bec, Wandsworth. Tooting Bec Station (Northern line) is a 7 minute walk away, bus routes 155, 249, 319 and 355 are close by and there is metered parking available.