Hello and welcome, I am Zoë and I am an Integrative Therapist utilising various modalities including Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Humanistic Theory and I have 5 years’ experience of working with young people in education settings.
The common reasons that young people approach counselling are for support with worries, low self-esteem, high anxiety, perceived anger issues, bereavement support and questions over sexuality and relationships.
I am qualified in Autism education support and commonly will see a myriad of the above in my Autistic clients with a sense of need to explore themselves existentially. In this context, I also have experience with working with clients with profound depression, self-harm and suicide ideation.
During sessions, we will often set achievable goals the student looks forward too and will be empowered by. I work holistically with an awareness of diet, sleep, current work load and stresses as well as historical timelines of events that matter to the student. Commonly, I will also look at dream analysis and a deeper exploration of the student using Transactional Analysis and strength finding work.
In bereavement therapy for instance, this enables their understanding of the grief process, and how they function. Students can then start predicting how they may react to new situations that feel emotive and feel safe and validated in those moments.
I am a huge supporter of using art in therapy to facilitate communication and growth especially in self-esteem and social communication, thus promoting secure attachments, a sense of self and an inner resilience that can positively impact the rest of the student’s life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Due to the nature of the education settings have previously worked in, and the number of Special Educational Needs students I have supported over the years, the ability to differentiate the session is of paramount importance and something I can also achieve with ease.
I hold a Level Four Therapeutic Counselling Diploma and I am Working towards my level five in Independent Practice. I am BACP Accredited.
I pride myself in working in a highly professional and discreet manner and hold all necessary qualifications, insurance and ethical framework affiliation.
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.