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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60 per hour. Some spaces for those on low income available on request.
I can offer discount for block bookings.