I am a qualified Child and Adolescent Counsellor, who trained for three years at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). I have a post graduate diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling and a degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies, providing me with extensive knowledge of child development.
I am a member with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their code of ethics.
I have been a school-based counsellor and have worked therapeutically with young people in primary and secondary schools for over 18 years. I provide a support service to schools, parents, young adults and children to assist with their emotional wellbeing. I support children with one-to-one or small group sessions to build self-esteem and confidence. My therapeutic approach is using play and creative arts that support children and young people to explore their thoughts and feelings, express themselves, and make sense of the world around them.
Counselling is a creative opportunity for personal growth. As children and adolescents grow, they are constantly in the process of developing the social skills and emotional intelligence necessary to lead healthy, happy lives. When children experience emotions or engage in behaviours that interfere with their happiness and ability to thrive, they may benefit from counselling.
I have worked alongside Health visitors, Midwifes, Child and Adult mental Health Service , Pre-school support, Solace Women's Aid and many other services in providing my child development expertise in supporting children and their families. As a Parenting Coach I can help families in their home with routines for children by giving strategies and support.
I am member with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and Psychology Today. I have full professional civil liability insurance cover (sometimes known as P.I. or Professional Indemnity insurance) .
I hold an up to date enhanced DBS (Disclosures and Barring Service) police certificate, which means that I have been checked and cleared for working with children and vulnerable people. I am also registered with the DBS update service which keeps the certificate up to date. I have regular supervision and update my continual professional development. I adhere to Data Protection guidelines, and will provide you with policies at the start of our work together.