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Psychotherapy with Children

and Young People

“The really important thing is their own identity and their own goals.

They need to own counselling for themselves.”

 

I am an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. I provide support to children, adolescents and their families from my practice. I offer therapy for children and young people, up to the age of 25, using a combination of talk therapy and creative and expressive arts. 

I have been offering counselling to children and young people for over 15 years. My work is client-centred and I have gained specialist experience and expertise, particularly within the areas of trauma and mental health. I work with children and teenagers experiencing anxiety as well as with their families. I support you and your child/children to recognise and navigate the process of anxiety, uncover and promote strengths that build courage and resilience and help you take back control so that your child and your family can thrive.

With my approach involving parents is an important part of the process.  Change happens most powerfully when parents are included in the therapeutic process. A range of sessions – some with you, some with your child and some with you together– allow us to find the most effective strategies to support your family. 
 

The really important thing for children and young people is that they have their own identity and their own goals. They need to own counselling for themselves.  You don’t own the process, instead you help the young person achieve the confidence to go out into the real world. As a result, my therapeutic relationships with young clients are extremely rewarding because I can celebrate the fact they have made this important change for themselves.

My 20+ year career has been focussed on supporting young people facing social emotional and mental health challenges, particularly in school settings. As a school-based mental health counsellor I have developed programmes and provided counselling for pupils experiencing anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation and school refusal.

I have worked with children and teenagers of all ages, from diverse backgrounds, cultures and identities with a variety of neurodevelopment differences and mental health challenges.

Within an integrative approach underpinning mt work, my trauma-focussed cognitive behavioural therapy can help to address:

  • Anxiety

  • Sexuality

  • Depression

  • Eating disorder

  • A sense of emptiness

  • Lack of purpose or meaning

  • Fear of emotional intimacy and trust

  • Lack of confidence/low self-esteem 

  • Isolation/loneliness

  • Loss/bereavement 

  • Body dysmorphia

  • Relationships

  • Trauma 
     

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"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach them the way they learn."

- Ignacio Estrada

I believe that having a safe space where they are met and understood allows a child/young person to explore and understand their feelings and to recognise and change unhelpful patterns of behaviour. I use play and creative materials to encourage and allow children to explore and express their feelings. I believe in providing a safe space for a child to explore their feelings alongside an adult who is able to really listen and pay attention to what they are saying verbally and non-verbally. To be truly heard and emotionally met where you are at can be a powerful and restorative experience for most children.

Due to COVID-19, I am currently offering virtual appointments by phone or video call.