Counselling for Children and Young People
Life brings all sorts of challenges and some can be much harder to overcome than others. Most adults can remember a time when they were dealing with a situation so tough that everyday living became more challenging than usual. For children and young people, who have not had time to develop their own coping strategies, such situations are even more difficult to cope with. Many children who are having a difficult time do not know what it is that they are feeling and cannot put it into words. Counselling for children and young people might be slightly different to the traditional idea of therapy you may have in mind.
My counselling room is filled with many resources, from art and craft, to toys and a sand tray, which engage children and allow them to communicate effectively. It is through working creatively in this way that I provide children and young people with the opportunity to explore and express their feelings.
How can counselling help?
It may be that your child has gone through a particularly difficult time recently. Perhaps you feel that your child could benefit from a chance to build self-esteem, resilience or emotional regulation skills. For these, and a host of other reasons, counselling can be an extra support; giving children the added time and space needed to work through their worries and feelings so that they can learn how to face the future with confidence.
The first session
Before beginning counselling with a child or young person, I will invite the parent/carer to meet with me first. During this session we will have a chat about what brings your child to counselling and the hopes of how you feel counselling may help. This session is really helpful for me to begin thinking about how I can best support your child or young person therapeutically.
Training, qualifications & experience
My journey into mental health began with my Counselling BA (Hons). During this time, I realised my enthusiasm to work with children and young people and so I undertook my clinical placement in a Primary School. Since then, I have worked in primary, secondary and special schools and have extensive experience in leading and delivering counselling services in this setting. I am experienced in working with children from all levels of understanding and ages, including young people who have additional needs.
I have recently completed another counselling qualification supporting my specialism of Child Psychotherapeutic Counselling with the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London. This course has supported my practice by underpinning it with neuroscientific theory, deepening my knowledge of child psychotherapeutic theory and strengthening my communication with parents and carers. In response to the global pandemic, I have been fortunate enough to have received specific training on working remotely. Although this way of working is very different to face-to-face, the work can be just as beneficial and powerful. I am skilled and experienced in delivering online sessions to clients, allowing me to provide support to those who may struggle to access in-person counselling. We also gave time to further explore how Covid-19 might have affected different families in distressing and unforeseen ways.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Children and Young People.