Counselling,Other Health and Wellbeing Services,Psychotherapist
BA Honours Degree
Advanced Diploma in Counselling - Wealden College, Crowborough
Masters in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy - Terapia, MIddlesex University
I have 10 years experience of counselling adults and young people in private practice and 8 years experience of working therapeutically with children and teenagers in schools.
Whether you are looking for therapy for yourself or your child, I recommend that we initially have a phone conversation for us to discuss your needs and reasons for seeking therapy at this time, and for you to get a feel as to whether I am the right practitioner for you.
People seek therapy for different reasons – you might be feeling anxious, overwhelmed, lost, depressed, burned out or lonely. Some people have experienced early life trauma and this may well be causing issues in their adult life. Or you may have had a recent event that has caused you distress, or you might want to make changes in your life but don’t know where to start.
My background training is Humanistic and Integrative which means that I blend different theories in my work and I tailor my sessions to meet your needs. Most importantly I offer a warm, safe and confidential space where you will feel heard, accepted and understood. My aim is to listen, understand and connect with your story. It has been well researched and documented that the most important factor for therapy to be successful
is our therapeutic relationship. Whilst I will work alongside you I will also sometimes challenge you to help you reflect on the issues that are concerning you, with the aim to help you move forward in a more positive way.
I would describe myself as a down to earth, warm and calm practitioner who also believes in the importance of humour in our work.
Child & adolescent psychotherapy
I have a particular passion for working with young people, and also with children who have suffered early developmental trauma and who have additional special needs. These were my reasons for doing an in-depth training to become a child and adolescent psychotherapist, registered with the UKCP.
Psychotherapy is an opportunity for children to find new ways of expressing their emotions and communicating the issues they face in an open and non-judgemental environment. Child therapy is a way of helping a child or young person to make sense of angry, painful, sad or confusing thoughts and feelings. I am trained to work creatively with children and depending on the age of my client our work may involve the use of sand tray therapy, drawing, painting, and play as well as talking about events and experiences.
When working with younger children I work closely with parents and families and joint sessions may be appropriate. Psychotherapy sessions are confidential unless the child
is at risk or other children might be at risk.