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About me

Reflecting on my last two decades as a therapist, one universal requirement for healing has stood out; to be seen. Whether working with adults, teenagers or children, it's this understanding that lies at the core of my practice. Maintaining my focus on the client’s experience without judgement, it’s with time and self-care, along with renewed self-awareness, that life begins to work itself out.

I offer a range of services, from long and short term therapy with adults, children and teenagers, to phone and online consultations supporting parents who are facing specific struggles with their children, such as behavioural issues, phobias, anxiety, or the ramifications of divorce.

Current work

As the use of online therapy has become essential in order to reach people experiencing a range of challenging upheavals leading to isolation, depression and anxiety, I have firsthand seen the benefit and value of being able to connect with clients in this way.

More recently I devised and run a five week, group therapy workshop in Primary schools, for children coping with anxiety around COVID19 :

Testimonials


Monique has a warm, friendly and professional approach. I felt safe instantly and over the period of time Monique helped me regain my strength, self belief and joy for life. I have learnt a lot about myself and my family, and developed ways to deal with the struggles I have been experiencing.

LH Jan 22


"I found Monique looking for a different approach to therapy, and immediately found her sessions to be open, kind and friendly. I felt I was able to take work I had done in the past few years, and not only cement applying it, but build on it in different areas of my life. Particularly regarding the first stages of discussing ADHD, I found Monique's approach a really good mixture of practical solutions and compassionate reframing. I feel in a much better place to apply them myself, going forward.'
Zoom sessions worked really well for me - Monique was really flexible and understood that often technology and circumstance weren't always perfect!" -I.S. August 21

"Monique’s weekly sessions have been invaluable and (my daughter) and I are both extremely thankful we were put in touch with her." - S.H.   Jan 2020

"To say that Monique was a life-line to our daughter and our family is an understatement." - H.W.   Feb 2019

"Monique gave me confidence in my own parenting and I was able to trust in what I felt was best for my child." - L.B. Nov 2019

Training, qualifications & experience

After gaining a Diploma in Counselling Skills from London Metropolitan University, I went on to complete a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psycho-Dynamic counselling.

Beginning my career as a therapist at the Hackney Bereavement Centre, I gained the experience and confidence to work with people living with immeasurable pain. I learnt that offering the space for these clients to safely express their reality, in what was probably the hardest period of their lives, was vital for them being able to move through that acute stage of pain

With a pre-therapy background working with children, after three years I shifted to one-to-one work with primary school children for the charity, Place to Be. Continuing my training and supervision, I learnt how to utilise creative mediums including painting, clay, and my personal favourite, the sand tray, as a safe means of communicating deep and often inexpressible feelings.

Invited by Kids Company to establish and manage a wrap-around social care project in a primary school in Hackney, I continued providing one-to-one therapy, as well as supervising student social workers and therapists volunteering on behalf of the charity. I also branched into co-facilitating group therapy sessions for children coping with bereavement, neglect and parents with drug and alcohol addictions. This eventually led to my co-creating and facilitating training for all the volunteers within Kids Company, and whilst the charity came to an end, the successful schools programme still continues across London.

From the work at Kids Company I went on to co-create and co-facilitate an INSET workshop for teachers and school staff focusing on developing awareness, new habits and techniques for positive relationships with students while supporting staff wellbeing in school, REACH (React with Compassion and Care). This training is one of many services offered at PACT Creative.

During the past ten years I’ve become a mother of five, whilst building up a successful private practice from my home. Clients have ranged from teenagers experiencing extreme clinical depression with symptoms such as persistent fainting and chronic anxiety; young children struggling with recent loss whether it be through divorce or bereavement; children finding it difficult to make friendships due to negative feelings of self-worth; being able to manage anger healthily.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Specialist in working with young people and parents.

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Fees

£90.00 per session

Additional information

£90.00 - One-to-one session (50 mins)

£50 - Parental support via telephone (30 mins)

£80 - Parenting support via telephone (50 mins)

When I work

I have gaps some weekdays and evenings. Please contact me to discuss availability.

London, N8 7QX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Families