WHAT I OFFER
I offer both parent consultations and therapeutic work with young people. Sometimes it can be helpful for parents to discuss their worries about their child's emotional wellbeing prior to embarking on therapy, and we can think together about ways of providing support. Information from parents / carers is essential in helping me to gain a good understanding of your child’s needs. If a therapeutic intervention is thought to be beneficial I offer both short and long term counselling, depending your child’s need and ongoing assessments.
Therapeutic Work with children and adolescents
Every young person is unique and my integrative approach (including play therapy) will be tailored to what best suits your child.
What is one-to-one therapy?
The sessions I offer last for 50 minutes, and will ideally be held on the same day and at the same time each week. These sessions give your child the opportunity to express their feelings using play, art or simply through talking.
Will I talk to anyone about the sessions?
Parents and carers are invited to meet with me during and after counselling to share feedback on how their child is using the sessions and any general themes arising from them. I will receive continual clinical supervision in line with ethical BACP guidelines. It is my responsibility to keep children safe and I follow safeguarding procedures as and when required. All other information shared by your child during their counselling sessions will remain confidential.
How do I evaluate if the counselling is working?
How your child is using their sessions and the impact of the work on their wellbeing and academic learning will be monitored through ongoing assessments and interviews. It is important to collect this information regularly to learn about how to give the best possible service to children and their families.
What if counselling is not working?
Counselling doesn't work for everyone; it may not be the right time, your child might be reluctant to engage, or there may be a different, more relevant form of intervention for your child. Continual evaluation will help me to advise you and your child whether alternative forms of support are more appropriate.
I am an experienced integrative child and adolescent therapist, who specialises in working with young people. I am passionate about working with this age group. When young people tell or show us that not all is well, I believe it’s important to explore with children and their parents (age dependent) where they want to get to. We can think together about what might be hindering them and try and find ways to move forward to where they can and want to be.
I believe that offering support at an early age, when signs of difficulties show up, can hugely benefit children and young people, not only in the here and now, but also in time to come. It is often difficult for children to make sense of their struggles. I believe that thinking together about difficulties is an important part of the healing process.
It is said that it is easier to build strong children than repair broken adults. Being a parent myself I have found that raising children lends itself to ongoing challenges and I would argue that it is far from 'easy'. However I am a firm believer that when we support young people through their struggles, we help them to increase their resilience and the chances of them becoming 'broken' adults are drastically reduced.
Apart from my private practice, I have experience working at Victim Support, where I have supported young victims of serious crimes and ran a project with the youth offending team. In addition, I trained and worked for Place2Be, an organisation that provides therapeutic support within schools. I have worked in both primary and secondary schools, and continue to do so, currently in Tunbridge Wells. In addition to my clinical work I teach on the Place2Be Post Graduate Diploma (underwritten by UEL). I write and deliver lectures and support child and adolescent counsellors in training.
Over the years I have supported young people on issues such as loss, grief, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, low confidence, domestic violence, anger and aggressive behaviours, tics, OCD, depression, suicidal thoughts, selective mutism, bullying, abuse and divorce.
I continue to be passionate about my work and the importance of helping young people reach their full potential. I believe in working systemically, engaging with both the child and those close to the child. I am a firm believer that keeping the young person at the centre of support efforts is the most effective way of achieving positive change.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work according to their Ethical Guidelines.
I will be there to offer support. My goal is to help your child grow from their struggles, heal from their pain, and move forward to where they can and want to be.