Mairead Daly MA DipSup UKCP Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Stevenage Old Town
I am an experienced and fully accredited Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Counsellor, passionate about offering children, young people and parents a safe and nurturing place to explore and work through distress and difficulty.
Children and young people are as equally vulnerable as adults to experiencing distressing emotions. Often such distressing feelings can be easily managed with the support of family and friends. There are other times when a child or young person may find it too difficult to cope with stressful life situations without professional help. It may not be clear to the adults around them what is the best way to help and whether therapeutic support is needed. I can help you decide.
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy is an exploration of a child or young person’s internal emotions. Therapy can offer a child or young person a safe place to develop a better understanding of their troubling thoughts and feelings so they can learn healthier ways of relating and of managing. I have extensive knowledge of child development and am trained to respond to what children and young people might be communicating through their words, behaviour and play. I offer a warm, containing and empathic relationship in which they can feel safe and I draw from a wide range of intervention techniques and therapeutic approaches to find a way forward tailored to the needs, hopes and wishes of each child and family.
I have in depth experience of working with a wide-range of issues such as anxiety, low mood and self esteem, social relationship difficulties, chronic illness, family relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement, self-harm, anger, parental divorce or separation, bereavement, trauma, neglect and abuse, bullying, developmental difficulties, ASD and ADHD.
What to Expect
All work starts with an initial meeting with parent(s). This can last from 1-1.5 hours so that we have time to gather a full history, carefully consider key areas of concern as well as the hopes and wishes of the child/ young person and parents. We can then agree the best way forward together and I will form a therapeutic plan finely tuned to the specific needs identified.
I can provide one to one therapy/counselling sessions with your child short or longer term, depending on you and your child's needs and wishes.
I can also provide sessions with parents and children together or sessions with a parent alone, if this is considered to be the best way forward.
Sessions are 50 minutes in length and are at the same time and place, ideally weekly, for an agreed period of time.
I also have a special interest in working with pregnant mothers to be, as well as mothers, fathers and caregivers who need support in bonding with their child and/or strengthening their resources for the task of parenting.
I look forward to meeting with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters in Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling, Terapia / Middlesex University
Diploma in Child, Adolescent, Adult Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision, Terapia/Middlesex University
Member of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The UKCP is the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. I am registered on the UKCP specialist register for psychotherapists qualified to work with children and young people
I have extensive experience in working with children, young people, adults and groups in a variety of settings. I am a group facilitator and visiting tutor for a UKCP accredited MA course in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. I also have comprehensive experience of supervising trainee child psychotherapists, child psychotherapists and counsellors, and professionals working therapeutically with children and young people. I offer creative, embodied and supportive clinical supervision, providing a safe and containing relationship for the development of practice, self growth and reflection.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Types of client I help:
- Young people
Some concessions available. Please feel free to ask.
I work in Stevenage Old Town, St Albans and Finchley
Maps & Directions
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Types of client
Supervision & training
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