Thank you for visiting my page. I understand that it can be extremely difficult to decide and find someone who you trust with your child and also how challenging it is for a Child or Young Person to seek help - this is why I decided to become a Children and Young Persons Therapist.
My name is Sophie and throughout my career I've always worked with Children and Young People in various different settings such as Private Respite Care, Children Centres, Schools (SEN, Safeguarding) and Educational Provision Units. I decided to train as a Children and Young Peoples Therapist after seeing the lack of successful support available for Children and Young People. I felt that it was time that there was a stable, reliable and friendly face for Children and Young People to come to for various different types of support. My passion is to ensure that children come to an environment where they don't feel pressured, scared or different. I work closely with that particular child or young person to focus on what they need and what will help them to build the skills required.
I work in a Child Focused way which means I will not do anything with a Child or Young Person that could potentially make them feel uncomfortable. During therapy we use all different types of approaches from Emotion Cards, A Worry Monster and even colouring. Children take time to adjust and especially in therapy, hence why I will always follow a Childs lead - they are the most important factor in their growth.
Below is a list of Children and Young Peoples Therapy needs that I work with -
- Anger Management
- Building Confidence and Self Esteem
- Dealing with Loss
- Dealing with Stress or Depression
- Improving Communication
- Resolving Trauma
- Learning Difficulties
- Behavioural Problems
- Attachment Disorder
- Separation Anxiety
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling Young People - Counselling Plus
Level 4 - Attachment Theory
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB
Level 3 Counselling Studies - CPCAB
Level 3 Speech and Language Support - ELKLAN
Level 3 - Makaton
Level 2 Counselling Skills - CPCAB
Additional CPD - Continued Professional Development:
- Panic attacks
- Anger Management
- Eating Disorders
- Attachment Disorder
- Relational Depth
- Working with Trauma and Dissociation in Children and Adolescents
- Sexual Trauma
- Understanding the Nature of Trauma in Therapy
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial consultation - up to 1 hour - £35
Counselling session (18 - 25 years) - 1 hour - £40
Counselling session (Under 18) - 1 hour - £45 - £55
All counselling is done face to face in a safe, non judgemental and child friendly environment.
I have a quiet private space located down Goldington Road, Bedford. We have lots of parking and local amenities near by. I'm fully insured and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
Hours are flexible, please let me know what suits your child or young person best.
Any questions at all, however big or small please do not hesitate to get in contact with me by phone, email or text message - whatever suits you.