*** Due to the current restrictions in place with regards to the COVID-19 virus, I am not currently able to offer face-to-face counselling. From Monday 13th April 2020, I will have availability for online counselling sessions via Zoom for young people aged 14 and over. Please contact me for further details about this.****
Modern society is often fast-paced and demanding which can be challenging and overwhelming for our children and young people. Navigating our confusing world on a daily basis may leave a young person or child feeling confused, misunderstood, unheard and extremely alone. Young people and children may hide how they are feeling from those that are close to them so as not to worry or upset them, with difficult emotions perhaps being communicated through challenging behaviour which is considered out of character or disruptive.
You may be a parent or carer worried about their child, not knowing what you can do or how to help or support them. You may be a young person trying to reach out to someone who will listen to you with warmth and understanding as you try to make sense of the world and your place in it. Making contact with a counsellor is the first step and shows courage; it may be reassuring for you to know that all sessions (including telephone conversations) are confidential and kept private. There are some limitations to confidentiality but these will be explained to you in more detail at your initial appointment. As a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I am committed to working ethically within their code of practice which can be found on their website.
I am a person-centred counsellor specialising in working with children and young people, aged 5 to 25. I have a deep respect for our unique differences as individuals and as such, I work with the intention of building a safe and trusting relationship within which every child or young person will feel listened to, heard and understood without judgement. I will support you (as a young person) or your child within the counselling space in exploring your/their own experiences, thoughts and feelings so that you/they may feel empowered in understanding their world as they experience it, making their own decisions. As your/your child's counsellor, I do not give advice, 'fix' or 'treat' you or your child; how I might solve or understand something may be very different to you or your child.
Counselling is often considered a talking therapy, however, I am also able to work with art and image if this is a way of working that may suit you or your child. Working creatively can be a powerful of expressing yourself when it is difficult to find the right words or personal understanding of an experience is unclear. I believe that we are all creative and that it is the societal messages we receive over time, "I am not good enough", that means we are not always reaching our full potential, using our whole self (right and left side of our brain). You do not need to have any special skills or consider yourself to be good at art or drawing to work in this way, I will support you in finding your own meaning within your creative work. Young children usually express themselves through the medium of play, storytelling and art and there will be resources available in the room for your child to use in their play.
The counselling space I work in is bright and friendly and there is a comfortable waiting room with refreshments for parents and carers.
I have extensive experience of working with children and young people with a wide range of presenting issues, within the school environment. I continue to work one day a week within a local school supporting the students as well as working within private practice.
If you would like to discuss your needs with in more detail, I am able to offer a free initial 10minute telephone consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Higher Education Diploma (Level 5 - Distinction) in Counselling Children and Young People.
Certificate in Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills (Person-Centred Art Therapy Association - PCATA).
Level 2 Certificate in Safeguarding Children.
As a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) I am also committed to attend a wide range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses some of which recent ones have been: -
- Youth Mental Health First Aid
- Child Trauma
- Working with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Sexuality, Gender and Sex - What's the difference?
- Gender Neutral Pronouns
- Heternormative Society - Impacts on Client Mental Health.
- Cisnormative Society - Impacts on Client Mental Health.
- Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills Workshop
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Our first appointment together will be an initial assessment which is a collaborative process and enables me to gather more detailed information about you. It also affords you the opportunity to meet with me and find out more about counselling and whether it might be right for you and if indeed, I am the right counsellor for you. For young children, parents will attend part of the initial appointment with their child.
An initial assessment lasts for 1 hour and costs £60.00.
Counselling session are 50minutes and cost £45 per session (one-to-one with the child/young person and counsellor).
The number of counselling sessions needed is unique to each child and young person. An individual's need will be discussed with you and your child/young person as part of the initial assessment appointment and will be reviewed collaboratively on a regular basis as part of the counselling process.