I have previously worked as a secondary school teacher before gaining an MEd in The Theory and Application of Counselling from Cambridge University and an MA in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy from Terapia College. I also have a great love of horses and have trained with EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Leaning Association) to enable me to use equine therapy when working with children and young people. I am accredited by the UKCP and a member of the BACP. I work as an integrative psychotherapist which means that I work with a variety of therapeutic techniques and methods to suit the individuality of my clients.
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPY
As a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, I work with very young children from the age of four up to teenagers and young adults. I also work with new parents together with their babies as a family unit. For younger children I will meet first with parents/carers to find out some information about the difficulties their child is experiencing and to gather some background information. It is also an opportunity for you to find out more about me and how I will work with your child. If it is agreed that therapy will be beneficial, I will then initially see your child for six sessions before a review with parent to decide whether sessions should continue for a longer period. Therapy sessions with young children can often be longer term work over several months.
For older teenagers and young adults I will often meet with the young person together with their parent, parents or carers for an introductory meeting to introduce myself, gather information and talk about how I can help. A review session will then take place after six weeks to evaluate the progress of therapy.
I believe that all children have a natural drive towards contentment and fulfilment but there may be obstacles and difficulties along the way which can sometimes be difficult to identify and the effect on the individual can be hard to understand. Therapy can help identify more clearly the issues being faced and so start to facilitate therapeutic change and emotional contentment.
MA in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling
Certificate in Fundamentals of EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Model Practice Parts 1 & 2
MEd in The Theory and Application of Counselling
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
WHAT HAPPENS IN A THERAPY SESSION?
The purpose of the sessions is to allow the young person to be able to talk and use the resources freely to have the opportunity to think and reflect on feelings and worries which may be causing them problems. The strength of the therapeutic relationship gives the child, or young adult, the trust and confidence to be able to talk openly about their worries and difficulties in a non-judgemental environment.
Young children can often 'act out' when they find themselves experiencing an emotional difficulty and are too young to properly understand what has made them feel unsettled. It can also be difficult for parents or carers, as well as the child, to identify what issues are making their child feel emotionally unbalanced. Insecurities can show themselves at home and/or at school as uncharacteristic or aggressive behaviour, withdrawing from other people, low mood or low self-esteem, bed wetting, separation difficulties and many other symptoms. It can be very worrying and upsetting to see your child experiencing these difficulties.
In therapy sessions your child is able to play and use creative activities, as well as talk, to explore what is going on for them emotionally and start to make sense of their feelings and life around them. Understanding their emotional needs can help children to feel happier and more confident in their everyday life.
Teenagers can find themselves facing many emotional difficulties which can intrude upon both their school and home life. An emotional imbalance can exhibit itself as angry or aggressive behaviours, feeling depressed, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders and exploration with substance abuse. It can be very worrying and sometimes frightening to feel unable to help young people when they are having such a tough time.
Using the creative resources, as well as talking, will help young person to express themselves and give them the opportunity to understand more about their emotional needs. Talking about the difficulties they are experiencing in a confidential, understanding, trustworthy and supporting environment will help young people to understand what is happening for them emotionally and how they can look at life through a fresh lens and experiment with new ideas and ways of being. The length of the work will vary depending on needs but usually varies between six weeks and six months.
REASONS FOR SEEKING HELP FOR YOUR CHILD
Acting out Aggressively
Difficulty making friends and relationships
Experience of domestic violence in the home
Experience of mental health difficulties in adults in the family
Experience of parents separating or divorcing
Fostering and adoption
Refusal to go to school
Unexplained stomach or head aches
Contact me to make a first appointment where your needs can be discussed in confidence.
Cambridge CB5 8HY