Samantha Watts BSc, PGdip, MBACP Child and Adolescent Specialist
Welcome to my page, I run a therapy service tailored for children and teenagers. From experience, I believe working with young people requires a very specific approach, with the relationship of client and therapist being key. I run the majority of my sessions from quiet rooms located in central Sevenoaks (Hollybush Lane), however, other locations can be arranged on request.
Young people generally attend sessions on a weekly basis. Each session lasts one hour.
Depending on the age of the young person and their specific requests, I try to keep parents informed of their child’s progress as much as possible. However, I always let young people take the lead on what is fed back to their parents (unless I believe significant harm may occur).
I am able to liaise with schools if necessary.
Please visit my website: www.teenmindscounselling.com
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my journey with a three year BSC degree in Childhood Studies. Throughout this course I learnt the core basics of child development and attachment. I proceeded to gain a PgDip in Therapeutic Counselling.
My work experience began as a therapist in a young offenders prison, working with a range of mental health difficulties experienced by young people who had committed a range of crimes, varying from minor offences to high profile cases.
Following this, I moved on to work for the Priory psychiatric hospital. I provided therapy for young people on both an outpatient and inpatient basis. Here I worked with the most severe mental health difficulties, often needing long term care and very specific therapy. My area of interest whilst working here was 'emerging borderline personality disorder'. I have completed a dialectical behaviour course, which is proven to be a successful therapy for treating this type of presentation.
After working at the Priory for some time I moved to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Here I worked with a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, attachment issues, Autism and ADHD.
Since having my own children I have concentrated on expanding my private practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Young carers
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Family/systemic therapy
£60 per hour. Some spaces for those on low income available on request.
I can offer discount for block bookings.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
evening and weekend appointments available
Types of client