Integrative Child and Adolescent Counsellor & Consultant
Phone: 07470 550876
I am an Integrative Child and Adolescent Counsellor, trainer, writer and public speaker. I believe passionately in the work I do, helping children & young people who are experiencing emotional and social difficulties, and those who, sometimes, have had very difficult starts in life. I am equally dedicated to furthering the understanding of other professionals, and society generally, about the issues that can impact on some young people and how best to support them. More about me…
All children are unique individuals; each session, and the overall course of therapy, is tailored to their needs. My basic attitude in my one-to-one clinical sessions with children and young people is playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy. Because children and young people do not always communicate what is going on for them through words alone, I use a mix of play and creative activities to support children in expressing themselves.
I believe it is the relationship between the therapist and client which is central to the therapeutic process, and my theoretical framework is an integration of attachment, psychodynamic and humanistic theories, neurosequential development and neuroscientific understanding.
If there is a child or young person you think might benefit from therapy, please contact me for an informal, no obligation, discussion.
Therapy or counselling can be helpful for many children, but it is not available or suitable for everyone. Even when it is, it can only ever be part of a young person’s experience. Relationships with key adults and the young person’s environment will always have the greatest impact.
I can provide training for schools, children’s homes, fostering and adoption agencies, local authorities and any other organisation concerned with the welfare of children and young people.
Topics I cover include: Attachment, Developmental Trauma, Understanding Self-Harm, Therapeutic Thinking, Relationship Building, and Reflective Practice.
All of the training I offer will be tailored to the needs of your organisation. If you think I might be able to help you, please contact me for an informal, no obligation, discussion.
Even when internal support is effective, it can often be helpful to talk-through and think about issues and concerns with someone who has distance from day-to-day involvement and is independent of line management.
I can facilitate external individual or group supervision, and child-focused discussion groups, for those that would with children and young people, including social workers, teachers, residential care staff and foster carers.
These services can be provided on a one-off or ongoing basis and supervisees or participants can discuss general issues or focus on a particular child. My approach is relational and trauma-informed.
If you think your employees or organisation may benefit from any of these services, please contact me for an informal, no obligation, discussion.
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