Sue Eldin, Child and Adolescent Counsellor MBACP
The Sunflower Centre
81 Tressillian Road
I am a counsellor working exclusively with children and young people (aged 5 - 18 years).
Whatever our age, there are many experiences that can lead to us feeling distressed, disconnected, and unable to cope with life. It is my hope to work alongside each child and young person to see, create and enjoy new possibilities, especially when it might seem as though there are none.
Increased insight, healthy expression, communication and connection with others, the ability to cope with challenges and make the most of enjoyable opportunities with family and peers - these are all possible alternatives to depression, fear, anxiety, out of control behaviour, self-harm and low self-esteem. These are the things I am holding in mind when working with a child or young person and their families.
How I work
My overarching aim is to offer a supportive, creative and confidential space for children and young people to explore themselves, their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
I endeavour to create an environment which feels safe to share difficult things, and also respect the individual’s pace and choices about what feels safe to share and when. I am trained to work with play and the arts therapeutically - they can really help to open up communication, get a different perspective on things, and express things there might not be words for.
My training was integrative, so in addition to the therapeutic arts and play, I draw upon theories and practices from multiple long-standing and still emerging strands of counselling and psychotherapy. I consider the respectful nature of person-centred counselling to be central to my work, utilise psychodynamic thinking (including attachment theory), and draw upon the creative means of personal exploration offered by Gestalt and Transactional Analysis.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
Core counselling/therapy training
Diploma in child counselling, Institute for the arts in therapy and education (IATE)
Advanced Diploma in the therapeutic and educational application of the arts, IATE / London Metropolitan University
Certificate in counselling skills, WPF Therapy
CATT (Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment), British Association for Art Therapy
Level 3 Certificate: Empowerment model for counselling female survivors of sexual violence, OCN Network
I am currently undertaking a Certificate in trauma and mental health informed schools, at IATE / University of East London. In addition to these lengthier trainings, I regularly attend day workshops on various aspects of counselling and psychotherapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues of cultural identity, dual heritage and inter-generational trauma are important areas of interest to me.
I offer a sliding scale of £50 – £60 per 50-minute counselling session (dependent on your resources).
Following an free telephone consultation, initial face-to-face meetings are £30, and last 50 minutes.
Further parent/carer meetings are also £50 – 60 per 50-minute session.
Occasionally during the course of counselling, we might agree on a need to schedule a longer session, having discussed the reasons why. These are £75 – 90 for a 90-minute session.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of counselling for your child, you can email or telephone me. After this, you can decide whether you would like to come for an initial meeting.
Whether this meet is attended by both parent/carer and young person will depend on different factors, including age, which we would discuss in advance of meeting.
Both conversations are an opportunity for you to find out more about me and how I work, and for me to ascertain whether I think my way of working might be helpful at the present time.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Currently, I have availability on Thursday afternoons (after school hours).
Types of client