I have been working with children for ten years, initially as an outreach worker, then a mentor and teacher in primary schools. I began my training at Birkbeck College London in 2013, during which time I became a school counsellor with Place2Be. Since completing my Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in 2016, I have been providing therapy for inner city primary schools, with Place2Be, and a specialist secondary school for pupils excluded from mainstream education.
I also run a private practice, offering weekly therapy sessions for children and teenagers experiencing depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.
I have experience of working with a range of age groups from 5 to 18, engaging with a variety of issues including:
- Developmental delay
- Learning difficulties
- Behavioural and social problems
- Attachment problems
- Self harm
- Parental neglect (and drug addiction)
- Traumatic separation
- Domestic violence
- Sexual abuse
- Issues surrounding fostering and adoption.
Children are resilient, adaptive and creative. But, like adults, they cope with life’s challenges by building defensive strategies, some of which may hinder their social, emotional and physical development.
Obsessive habits, aggressive impulses, social anxiety, insomnia, self-harm: in a disturbed or anxious mind these symptoms emerge as an attempt to protect the self from (and take control of) the deeper underlying emotional issues which are being avoided.
My approach is person-centred. This means that the client is encouraged to lead the session, whilst I try to respond to the underlying anxieties and conflicts being expressed. I use psychodynamic theory to inform the work, enabling me to make connections with the child’s past.
Therapy can provide a safe and confidential space within which a child may explore their inner world either through play, role play, artwork or just talking. Regular, weekly sessions can create in the child a sense of continuity; of being held; of having parameters within which to experiment, build trust and communicate.
My governing body is the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which has a strict code of ethics and stringent guidelines which therapists must adhere to.
I attend personal supervision regularly which is also a requirement of the BACP. As well as Continual Professional Development courses and seminars, which keep me up to date with the latest research and general information in the counselling world.
If you would like to get in touch regarding your child please call my confidential line or email and I will respond promptly.