Stella Sookun Child and adolescent counsellor (BACP) Dip Couns
My approach to working with children and teenagers (6 - 19 years old)
I understand that not every child has an easy childhood. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, children and young people develop anxieties and big feelings which may feel out of the ordinary amongst their peers or families. As an trained Child and Adolescent therapist, my role centres on building a safe and secure relationship so that I can help a child to process emotional difficulties that may be impacting their behaviour.
Making contact - what can you expect?
I understand that seeking help for a child or teenager can be daunting and anxiety provoking for parents and carers. Families are often at crisis point when they need to make contact, so it's often helpful to understand what to expect. After an initial phone call I will usually asses the type of support that could be best suited for your child. If appropriate, I will invite you to meet with me for a more detailed information gathering session to help us think together about any onward therapeutic intervention.There is never any obligation post this meeting.
How might sessions work?
I currently work 1-2-1 with children and young people in an open ended and confidential manner. This means that every child is ideally given the time to engage with the therapeutic process and to build a relationship with me at their own pace. Depending on the age and capacity of the child I may use a combination of talk therapy, the creative arts, sandtray work or aspects of play therapy. As a guideline, I usually work to a minimum of 6 sessions for an initial assessment period, noting it takes time to build trust and confidence with children and families. I will share an assessment with you at the 6 weeks mark so we can think about next steps together.
My philosophy/clinical approach:
I believe every child and young person has the right to be themselves and can find perspectives to their difficulty if given the space and time to explore them gently with a professional. My approach is one which respects that every child/young person is different and may respond to the experience of therapy differently.Working non judgmentally and kindly from from a place where the child is today will inform how they are able to use sessions at their own pace.
Initial inquires are free via phone or email - please call for a brief introduction
Face to Face meeting: Prior to starting sessions I will invite a parent/carer to meet with me in person. This is a good way for you to get a sense of me and how I may work with your child. This also allows me to take more detailed information about your child, your family and your experiences as a family. My fee for this is £40.00
Should we choose to work together than the 121 sessions are £55.00 per session.
Training, qualifications & experience
Depending on the age of the child and the pace they can manage I can adapt my skills to meet their developmental presentation. This may be through a combination of talking, using the creative arts, sand tray work or aspects of play therapy. The main purpose of my role is to help children and young people to process their emotional experiences in a empathetic, confidential and clinically informed way.
How can sessions can help?
Children and young people often tell me that they like the sessions because they are able to have a break from the pressures of school, friendship groups, social media or painful feelings or memories that they may be avoiding. Young people in particularly can be worried about burdening important adults in their lives. Having a consistent, curious but non judgemental led space with an adult who is trained to work with difficulties can help children to open up parts of themselves that may lie beneath troubling behaviour or feelings of shame that are not being expressed.
I am interested and guided by a child's developmental capacity, their life experiences, how they relate to people , I am attachment focused and use the arts to facilitate exploring emotions and beliefs.
- Certificate in Adult Counselling Skills
- Diploma in Child and Adolescent counselling
- Certificate in Facilitating Groups (CPD) London
- Certificate in Sensory Integration and Attachment Models
- Certificate in Autism DIR Floor Time (CPD) A developmental model for working with children with Autism and parents of children with Autism, Mind Builders
- Certificate in working with shame and young clients
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Children moved into care or returned home after a period outside of the home (LAC)
Children with serious health issues
Children who have recently arrived/ reunited with families in the UK
Attachment issues ( separation anxiety, insecurity, anxiety around family members)
Children living with alcoholism in their families
Children living with adverse childhood experiences (ACE)
Gifted children from economically deprived backgrounds
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Initial calls or enquirers are free of charge.
My fee for a detailed in person session with parents/carers prior to work commencing - so gathering more detailed information about your child and your family circumstances - is £40.00. Should we choose to work together than weekly 121 session fees with your child or teenager is £55.00.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have availability to work with children and young people during the week (after school hours) or at weekends - open to arrangements and subsequent bookings.
Types of client