Hello, and welcome to my page. I am a specialist Children and Young People’s Counsellor, qualified up to a Masters level. I am very used to working with this age group as I have many, many years experience as a teacher in schools and as a lecturer in a college of Further Education. I currently work as a retained school’s counsellor in primary/junior and secondary schools.
I understand that it can feel strange and intimidating coming to see a counsellor and this is where my experience with children and young people really helps to create a calm and welcoming place. I offer a safe, secure and non-judgemental space to be able to explore feelings and concerns. Sometimes a little bit of extra support can really help if it is difficult to deal with or understand emotions and behaviour.
I work in a way that is developmentally appropriate to the child or young person, so I use different methods tailored to the person to encourage their expression- it may be talking, art and creative work, storytelling and sand tray work, to name but a few!
I offer the opportunity to explore emotions and thoughts, experiences and worries, I listen carefully, to understand and discuss issues that may be on the young person’s mind.
I offer a supportive relationship built on trust which enables the young person to better cope and manage their feelings; I facilitate the young person in developing a positive outlook on life, to recognise their strengths, and be able to express themselves and help them make progress and make informed choices.
I am open and honest. I offer a warm and empathetic environment.
I have excellent listening skills, I am patient and understanding and interested in young people.
I help to establish trust and encourage the young person to communicate their story in a confidential and safe environment.
I encourage a child’s self-belief and their ability to identify and use their own resources to find solutions best suited to them.
I allow the young person to express themselves and explore their concerns; help them to develop an optimistic attitude and build their self confidence and self esteem.
Training, qualifications & experience
M.A. Counselling for Children and Young People
Relate trained and accredited CYP (Children and Young People) Counsellor
B.A. Social Science (Social Psychology and Personality and Learning)
Certificate in Experiential Counselling
QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
Registered Member of BACP ( British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
Full DBS Enhanced Check
Further Training and Qualifications include Covid 19: Helping Young People manage low mood and depression; Equality & Diversity; Data Protection; Safeguarding; Child Protection Awareness; Prevent Training; Mindfulness for Children and Young People; Neuroscience and the Counsellor; Dealing with Anger; Using CBT for Anxiety & Depression; Mindful Self Compassion; Art for Creative Wellbeing; Art therapy for Children & Adults; Understanding Anxiety; Anxiety Management; Understanding Eating Disorders; Health Coaching; Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Sleeping Well; Assertiveness.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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I am a specialist Children and Young People's Counsellor.
Please ring or e mail me to book an introductory session, and/or chat about counselling with me.
The first introductory session of 30 minutes carries no charge; this session is to introduce the young person and their parent/guardian to me, as the counsellor and explain and experience the process of counselling for both the young person and their caregivers. Online or telephone counselling is welcomed to remove barriers and facilitate therapy .
That way the youngster can decide with their parent/guardian if they would like to come to counselling.