It was whilst volunteering several years ago for Home-Start, a charity supporting families with pre-school age children, that I became interested in working with children with behavioural difficulties. This led to four years of training, first, as a child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counsellor and then a post qualification diploma in child and adolescent psychotherapy.
Most importantly I am the mother of three grown up children so have first-hand experience of some of the difficulties experienced by young people today.
I am an integrative UKCP accredited Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and have worked with young people and adults, in school, charitable and private settings. Whilst my core modality is Transactional Analysis, I like to use a range of theories and interventions depending on the issues presenting in the therapy room. The key is offering a confidential space to a client where they feel safe and secure and where they believe that their needs can be met. This in turn can allow them to begin talking about and processing troubling issues.
Before meeting with a young person I aim to have an initial assessment with parents or caregivers. This gives me useful background to the child’s presenting issues as well as finding out what the caregivers would like to achieve from the therapy process. My sessions with the client are confidential unless I feel that harm will come to them in which case I will agree with the client that my concerns need to be shared. Depending on the length of the therapeutic work, I arrange reviews with parents or caregivers every 6-12 weeks which the client may attend if they wish.
I follow the UKCP and BACP ethical frameworks and guidelines and I have regular supervision in order to support my professional and ethical practice.
Clients I Work With
I am happy to work with children and young people online from the age of 11, and with adults.
How I Deliver Therapy
Long term and short term face to face and long term and short term online via Zoom or FaceTime.
Psychodynamic, humanistic, person-centred.
What I Can Help With
I have worked with issues such as: