Louise Parfett ~ Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist (MAICP) MBACP, UKCP
Hello and Welcome, I am a Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist offering Psychotherapy and Counselling services to all ages.
You may be considering seeking help and guidance through psychotherapy or counselling. Talking about your situation and feelings confidentially in therapy can help you work through difficulties and cope better, so that you can feel happier and begin to see a new perspective and a way forwards.
Within therapy I work with clients to facilitate insight, growth and lasting change that can be integrated into your way of life. I work in an integrative, attachment informed and psychodynamic way offering both long and short-term therapy.
I have been working for over 30 years in varied roles within Education and Care, Mental Health, the NHS and in Business.I have experience in working with a range of difficulties including attachment difficulties, anxiety and depression, loss, complex trauma, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and with serious mental health difficulties. I work supportively with clients to facilitate insight, growth, healing and lasting change.
I offer both short and long-term Psychotherapy/ Counselling with:
Teenagers and Young Adults
Young people today may face more pressures than ever before and many go through challenging and stressful times at school, university, at home and at work.
Relationships may be challenging with peers, family and colleagues and also with oneself. Feelings of anxiety and depression may be experienced. Personal identity, confidence, self esteem and relationship issues are often at the forefront of challenges faced during this time in life. It is also a time of huge potential for personal growth, development and change.
Over time, through our therapeutic relationship and the work we do together, clients may experience the positive impact of increased self-awareness, emotional regulation and gain a deeper understanding, new perspective, insight and way forwards towards healthier behaviours, healthier relationships and improved future well-being.
Initially, it can be helpful to have a few sessions together to get a sense of the main issues which have brought you to consider therapy. We can then think about what might help best and work through different issues so that you can start to feel and manage better.
Addressing personal issues and challenges within psychotherapy can help increase your well-being and allow deeper personal growth. I aim to suit and support my clients’ individual emotional expression to help them make meaning of their life, relationships and experiences. By working together, I aim to to facilitate self reflection and insight during each session, which can lead to making positive and lasting changes that can be integrated into your way of life, promoting your happiness and well-being.
I also offer Therapeutic Leadership Coaching with Adults - please enquire for more information.
Parents and Carers
I offer consultations with parents/carers experiencing varying difficulties. Some parents may have concerns about their child/teenager and are looking for parental support and guidance. I aim to offer insight and support in what may be a one off or 'as and when needed' appointments, to help you support yourself, family and child/teenager better through life’s difficulties.
Initial/ Single appointments are for 1.5 hours, and 50 mins thereafter. These are an opportunity to discuss at length your child/ teenager, what might be happening at home and the impact on you and your family. These appointments offer an opportunity to gain deeper insight into those difficulties and allow us to think together about the most helpful ways forward.
I use play as a vehicle for the therapy for young children as this is how children naturally process their lives, experiences and feelings. Building a trusting relationship may take a little time before deeper work can be done to help children process and make sense of their life, feelings and difficulties. This can help a child move forward in all areas of development and build better future relationships.
I am trained in child development, which fits well alongside my psychotherapy work. I also have extensive experience in working with children/ teenagers who may have additional needs and areas of developmental delay during my work as a SENCO. In my psychotherapy work, I aim to help develop and improve the personal, social and emotional aspects of a child or teenagers life.
I have an inclusive practice and view of the world, believing every individual's mental health matters and have respect for the individuality and diversity of each client and their families views and beliefs.
I usually work in a number of stages with younger children:
1. Initial consultation
This provides an opportunity to get to know each other, where you can discuss your concerns about your child fully and ask questions. I will take down a developmental history and also ask some questions about you/ your child/teenager and family life to help me understand the context of difficulties better and the therapeutic work needed. I understand that entrusting me to work with your young child may be a big step.
2. Therapeutic assessment
Weekly, or sometimes twice weekly (if there is a crisis or acute difficulty), therapy sessions commence, where I will formulate a fuller assessment of difficulties and needs. After 3-6 sessions, I usually then meet with parents again, sometimes also with the child/ teenager present, to discuss my assessment and to chat about the therapy and support within the family that may be needed. With older teenagers this may be discussed within the 1:1 sessions directly without parents.
3. Therapy plan
We then agree a therapy plan. This may be short term: perhaps a further 8-12 sessions to focus on a particular issue or we might work in a more open ended or long term way, to get them back on their natural path of healthy emotional development. This will depend on individually assessed needs.
Young people will usually be moving through developmental stages at a rapid pace. Their ability to change and adapt can be considerable. Short-term therapy to identify what has been causing the problems and developing solutions that work for them, may be all that they need.
To maximise the impact of the therapy whilst working with your child individually, or alongside parents, I might suggest seeing you as parents separately to discuss routines, strategies and relational support that might help within the family.
It is helpful to review progress together regularly (at least once a school term) and discuss your child and family, their therapy and make any necessary adjustments.
*At Present due to Covid I cannot maintain distance or effective hygiene measures with younger children face to face as this work involves play, but offer zoom and telephone appointments with parents to help them best support their child.
Training, qualifications & experience
NHS - Great Ormond Street Hospital as Nursery Nurse and Play Specialist, returning later as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist on Psychiatric placement within the Mildred Creek Unit, an inpatient ward for adolescents and teenagers with chronic medically unexplained physical disability and psycho- somatic symptoms (MUS).
Psychotherapist in Private Practice offering therapy to Individuals, Adolescents, Teenagers and Families. For several years I have also worked in Schools with children and their families as a Psychotherapist.
Psychotherapist with Mosaic, a Therapeutic Foster agency working with teenagers and their foster families to assist a successful, sustainable placement.
Manager of two Children’s Day Nurseries for many years.
Early Years consultant on EYFS and PSE matters.
Founder and Managing Director of an Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' Early Years Education provision which I founded and set up in 2001 and ran for almost 20 years. I employed and lead a staff team of over 20 early years professionals in the planning and delivery of all aspects of Care and Education (EYFS).
Therapeutic Leadership Coach I offer Therapeutic Leadership Coaching to individuals within Business, Care and Education, who may be returners to work or be experiencing personal related challenges at work.
Child Counselling at The Centre for Child Mental Health CCMH/ IATE
‘The Therapeutic Application of the Arts in Therapy and Education’ (IATE)
Metropolitan University London
Masters Degree (MA ICP) -Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Metropolitan University London
Solution Focussed & Single Session Therapy/ Coaching
Oxford SaÏd Business School: Women in Leadership Programme
Professional Psychotherapy Registrations held with IATE, MBACP & UKCP
I am fully insured and hold a clear, current DBS
I keep up to date in my knowledge and skills through continued professional development courses and workshops in psychotherapy, counselling and coaching, safeguarding and health and safety.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Appointments - Therapy sessions/appointments are usually weekly at the same day and time.
Parent Consultations - As required. The first appointment will last up to 1.5 hours
Therapeutic Leadership Coaching - programme of 6 sessions
Please get in touch with me for more information by email or phone email@example.com