Marlys Davis - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
I am a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist specifically trained to work with children and adolescents. I offer a professional, confidential and friendly therapeutic space for children and young people to explore what is troubling them. Sessions will be face-to-face in a warm and safe environment where they can bring any subject they wish to discuss without fear of judgment and at their own pace.
How counselling can help
Children and young people often find it more difficult to talk about their feelings or might not even know what they are feeling. Some children will act out these feelings, which can lead to some behaviours that are difficult to understand. Others might withdraw when faced with difficult feelings and become quiet and isolated. Adolescence can be a difficult time, full of anxiety, uncertainty and changes.
Together, we will try to understand their feelings and what might be troubling them. Having an understanding of their feelings and knowing that having these feelings, good or bad, is ok and can me managed will help them feel more in control of their emotions and behaviours.
Young children often find it easier to express themselves through play so I use a variety of creative ways to engage the child, art, toys, games, role play, stories, whatever the child feels comfortable with and at their pace.
What to expect in the first session
The first session will normally be just with the parent(s), if the child is under 12. We will go through their history and their presenting issues to see how I can help.
If you are happy to proceed, in the second session we will spend the first 20 minutes all together so your child can get to know me a little bit. The rest of the time will be spent with your child on their own. If your child needs more time with all of us, to get used to me that is ok, I will take things at your child's pace. From then on I will see your child on their own for 50 minute once weekly sessions.
The first session for older children will be a joint session to go through their history and I will spend the last 20 minutes or so with the child on their own. If you and your child are happy to proceed, the next session will be with me on their own.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents.
I have eight years of experience working with children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, including attachment difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and children and adolescents in care. I work as a psychotherapist for Coxlease School a school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
I have worked as a therapist for CAMHS in Southampton and as a counsellor for No Limits, a voluntary organisation supporting young people.
I also worked as a counsellor in a primary school in Portsmouth for 5 years.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
£ 45 for the initial consultation and £55 for subsequent sessions of 50 minutes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available on Fridays till 7
Types of client