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BSc, PGdip, MBACP Child and Adolescent Specialist

About me

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.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£80.00 per session

44 Dartford Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3TQ

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Families

Key details

DBS check

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