Maurhys Phillips - Child and Adolescent Counsellor
I specialise in offering online counselling to children and young people who are struggling with issues such as low mood, low self-esteem and anxiety to understand and explore what is troubling them, to find their voice and improve their mood and their relationships.
Which children and young people may benefit from counselling?
Every case is different but often children who can benefit are:
- Those experiencing behavioural or emotional issues
- Children with developmental issues
- Children with learning difficulties
- Children with mental health issues such as autism or ADHD
- Children with depression and anxiety disorders such as OCD, trauma or social anxiety
- Children who aren’t responding well to a particular type of parenting approach – I can help by providing you with effective parenting strategies to help children with problematic behaviours
- Children with dyslexia
The first session
I offer a 30 minute free consultation where there is no obligation to continue. This gives us both the opportunity to get a feel of each other and see how things would work. The free session gives you the opportunity to ask any questions and it will also give me the opportunity to find out how best I can support both you and your child.
Duration of Session
Sessions generally last 45 minutes but this is also dependant on your child’s capacity. Not all children have the capacity to handle 45 minute sessions and therefore the time can be shortened to a minimum of 30 minutes.
Sessions can be either long term or short term. Some issues can be sorted in just a few sessions, however the deeper the issue or the more difficult your child has at understanding what is happening can determine how many sessions are required. I find it best to keep regular contact with you as the parent and would request a review once every 6-8 weeks where we can evaluate how the sessions are going and whether more sessions are needed. These reviews would ideally be with your child where they can decide what they would like to share with you.
Why choose my service
I offer therapy through a variety of ways however due to my experience of working with children and young people throughout the years I have asked them what they want in their sessions and I received a resounding answer “gaming!!!”.
I utilise gaming in my sessions due to popular demand and there has been a lot of research that gaming is a fantastic way to connect with children and young people. One of the popular games that has a therapeutic attribute to it is Minecraft. This is a game a lot of children and young people are accustomed to. it has been known to be a positive social game where children and young people can develop social and emotional skills. It is suitable for users aged 10+ and it encourages amazing conversations and an outlet for creativity and fantasy.
I also interact with children and young people through my virtual playroom where they can share music, virtual sand tray and participate in mindfulness and other games such as Connect 4, Uno and Snakes and Ladders and encourage them to bring games they would like to play.
Text based counselling
Teens and young people can sometimes find it awkward to open up to a “stranger” I have had great success offering text based counselling and found that teens really appreciate these type of sessions as they can open up without the feeling of being exposed. Many teens have suggested that this was a nice way for them to experience therapy and may not have attended the sessions text based sessions.
Drawing and talking
Drawing and talking is a safe and natural process which enables children and young people to express and realise their worries and preoccupations which they may often not consciously be aware of.
Young people and children are often hesitant when it comes to drawing and always tell me during the first time of doing this that they can’t draw or haven’t drawn since they were little. However after a few minutes they engage and really get into it producing work that they are proud of. I encourage parents at the onset to have a folder and a place where they can store their work safely and this should remain private unless they want to share it with others.
SDQ Clinical Assessment
I effectively use and apply the clinically recognised Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) to gain an understanding of the emotional wellbeing of your child.
The SDQ is a clinically recognised emotional and behavioural screening questionnaire (which can be used with all ages, both children and adults).
There are versions for the parent/carer to complete, the child/adult and the school to complete (if you wish for the school to know about theses sessions)
It is concise and easy to use.
It gives a score which indicates when difficulties may be present.
Research has shown that it is a reliable and valid tool.
The form has 5 separate sub scales for different aspects of problems or behaviours some positive others negative:
- Emotional problems
- Conduct (Behaviour) Problems
- Hyperactivity (Inattention)
- Prosocial Behaviour
The scores are added together to produce a total overall stress score.
The questionnaire then asks for the impact of the behaviour to be rated to determine whether it is chronic, how much distress it causes, the level of social impairment and the burden to others.
The information gathered will be used as:
- An indicator to track the levels of difficulties your child is experiencing and any improvements that are made throughout the counselling sessions.
- A guide for putting in place the appropriate support services where necessary.
Training, qualifications & experience
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN INTEGRATIVE CHILD AND ADOLESCENT COUNSELLING
University of East London
St Angela's Ursuline, - School Counsellor, London East London Out Project, London
2016 LEVEL 4 CERTIFICATE IN SUBSTANCE MISUSE
Lewisham Counselling and Counsellor Training
LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELLING STUDIES
Lewisham Counselling and Counsellor Training
BA (HONS) MEDIA, JOURNALISM AND PUBLISHING
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with