Mairead Daly MA DipSup UKCP Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
I am an experienced and fully accredited Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Counsellor with over 12 years experience of offering children, young people and parents a safe and nurturing place to explore and work through distress and difficulty. I have full insurance and hold an enhanced DBS.
Children and young people are as equally vulnerable as adults to experiencing distressing emotions and there are times when a child or young person may have difficulty coping. Therapy can offer a safe space to make sense of and overcome troubling thoughts, feelings and experiences.
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 provide a range of options including one to one therapy/counselling sessions with your child, short or longer term depending on you and your child's needs and wishes, one to one sessions with parents and children together and parenting sessions with parents and caregivers who want support in bonding with their child and/or strengthening their resources for the task of parenting.
What to Expect
All work starts with an initial meeting with parent(s) so that we have time to gather a full history, carefully consider key areas of concern as well as the hopes and wishes of your child and you. We can then agree the best way forward together and I will form a therapeutic plan finely tuned to the specific needs identified.
Sessions are 50 minutes in length and are at the same time and place, ideally weekly, for an agreed period of time, which is open to regular review around how things are progressing.
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.
Over 12 years experience of working in schools one to one and group work and in private practice.
Set up and run school counselling services in both primary and secondary schools and have developed whole school approaches to therapeutic thinking.
Clinical supervisor and visiting tutor for a UKCP accredited MA course in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
Provide Mental Health training for school teams.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Types of client I help:
- Young people
I am fully registered and insured.
I use art, music, sand tray and puppets to facilitate verbal and non verbal communication and to help children and adolescents explore their inner and outer worlds in the best way for them. Free parking is available on premises.