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 10 years experience of 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 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.
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 parents and caregivers who want support in bonding with their child and/or strengthening their resources for the task of parenting.
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 have set up and run school counselling services in both primary and secondary schools and have developed whole school approaches to therapeutic thinking. I am also a clinical supervisor and visiting tutor for a UKCP accredited MA course in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
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
- Career counselling
- 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 problems
- 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
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. My private practice is based in St Albans and Finchley. Free parking is available in all places.
Maps & Directions
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Types of client
Supervision & training
I am an integrative child psychotherapist offering a creative, relational and supportive approach to clinical supervision for child psychotherapists and counsellors, trainee child psychotherapists and counsellors, play therapists and professionals working therapeutically with children and young people.View supervision profile