Tania Freeman - MBACP registered Creative Arts Counsellor
Therapy Life Centre
11 Prittlewell Chase
Therapy For Life
30 East Street
Creative Arts Therapy for Children, teens, adults and parent and child.
I come from a creative background. Having trained and worked as a professional actor, I continue to run drama clubs for children and young people.
It was through creativity and imagination I find my voice and this is what I hope to offer to others. Being able to visualise a difficulty and put it outside ourselves enables a different kind of exploration. These techniques often circumnavigate the filtering process and blocking that our searching for words can cause. It can be incredibly freeing and lead to unexpected insights.
With children, play is their natural means of expression. Storytelling and metaphor are often a safer starting point from which to explore difficult feelings and experiences. Much can be communicated silently and with the empathetic presence of another.
Teenagers may feel the last thing they want to encounter is another preachy adult - creative therapy offers a space to explore through ideas that resonate with them whether it be song lyrics, a celebrity they admire or a movie.
Art materials, play figures, sand tray, puppets and storytelling are all ways we can use to connect the dots as well as through talking. Creative Arts Therapy isn't about being an artist it's about opening up to possibilities of expression.
To explore whether this way of working and I, could be right for you I offer an initial 30 minute appointment as a brief introduction. There is no pressure to continue and no set time limit. Frequency of sessions will be one of the things we discuss in the first session based upon availability and need.
I also run workshops for parents and children as well as creative group.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Therapeutic Arts
- Diploma Child Counselling
- BA (Hons) English and Drama
- Postgraduate in Acting
I have worked in several primary schools and secondary schools in Southend and surrounding areas as well as privately with adult clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Children in Foster care
Children affected by divorce
Photos & videos
- 22/04/18 - Exploring fear: children's group therapy workshop
- 26/04/18 - Play matters children's creativity group
- 03/05/18 - Play matters children's creativity group
- 10/05/18 - Time to play: therapeutic creativity group for adults
- 10/05/18 - Play matters children's therapeutic creativity group
- 17/05/18 - Play matters children's therapeutic creativity group
Initial introduction meeting (30 minutes) £20.
Individuals (50 minutes session) £35.
Parent & child session (70 minutes) £55.
I run several workshops for parents at the Therapy Life Centre - Anger: The Tip of The Iceberg and Finding Voice: The Anxious Withdrawn Child.
Feedback from Anger workshop for parents - "the anger workshop was great and Tania was fantastic. Really informative and very supportive."
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-7 (during term time) Wednesdays and Fridays 5-7 by arrangement. Monday-Friday 9-8 (during school holidays) Saturdays by arrangement.
Types of client