Maurice Williams - Child and Adolescent Counsellor (Aged 4-21 Years)
Many children and young people struggle emotionally. This could be due to school pressures, difficulties with friends, bereavement, social media or a whole host of other factors. Children and young people may benefit from counselling for a variety of reasons. They may be struggling to manage their thoughts and feelings. They may be feeling anxious, angry or depressed. They may have difficulties making and maintaining relationships or have low self-esteem.
As a qualified child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counsellor, I offer children and young people, aged 4-21, a space to explore their thoughts and feelings to help them to feel more confident, to cope better with the challenges that they face and to alleviate distress.
My role as a child and adolescent counsellor is to develop a trusting relationship with the young person so that we can work together to make positive changes in their life. Young people are still developing, and a different approach is often needed than when working with adults. As everyone is unique, I listen to the needs of the young person and work in a way that feels appropriate to them. Children are often unable to say how they are feeling or why they are feeling the way they are, and play and art can help them to communicate this. My therapy room is equipped with art materials, puppets, a sandtray and other creative materials to help my clients express themselves. Relaxation exercises can also be beneficial for many young people.
It is helpful to get clear information about the child’s history and experiences, so it is often preferable to have an initial meeting with the parents/carers before meeting the child. The length of the therapy is dependant upon the needs of the child or young person and can be discussed during this consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling for Children and Adolescents - Cambridge University
- Masters in Psychotherapeutic Counselling for Children and Adolescents - Cambridge University
I have over 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents aged 4-21.
I currently work as a counsellor for a Norfolk based charity. In this role I work with young people with a wide range of needs. I have previously worked as a child and adolescent counsellor for the NHS. I also have experience of counselling in schools.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per session
£20 for initial parent/carer assessment