Counselling children and young people is very different from working with adults. Early on in my training I decided to focus on providing a therapeutic service specifically geared to the needs and requirements of children and young people. Over the years, listening to and learning from the children and young people who I have had the privilege of working with has led me to surmise the following:
Children and young people need
I am experienced in working with children and young people in areas such as loss (including divorce, separation and displacement) and bereavement, family conflict (including domestic violence and abuse), anxieties and phobias, low sense of self esteem and confidence, issues connected to school such as transition, pressure of exams, friendship and peer problems.
My training has led me to work with an integrated approach to counselling, incorporating psychodynamic thinking as well as embracing the attachment theory, systemic theory and the core conditions of a person-centred approach. I incorporate play and art material in my work and have counselled children and adolescents from the age of five years upwards. As every child is unique my working style reflects differing requirements and strategies to benefit each young client. I am registered and accredited by the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists