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About Child Counselling
I have been lucky enough to have been working with children for over half my life and I am registered with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy as a therapist for Children and Young People.
I have supported young people who have lived in children’s homes, residential pupil referal units and mainstream primary and secondary schools in the public and private sector and I have come to see clearly that society expects a good deal from our young people.
My specialisms include helping parents to understand and make sense of what might be the causes behind their children’s more worrying, concerning or confusing behaviour at home and at school, helping young people to manage and recover from anxiety, depression, anger and family crisis and supporting children and young people who live within the care system.
As well as my practices in Dorset and Hampshire, I am the lead counselling practitioner in a multi-cultural Academy in Central London, rated Outstanding by Ofsted, where I deliver and coordinate therapeutic interventions to students. I provide, fast, cost effective, therapy that has been shown conclusively to improve attendance and wellbeing, attitude to learning and social engagement when other services have failed.
I have considerable experience in supporting children and young people who have been exposed to crime and domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse and sexual exploitation. I provide help for young people who self-harm and self-medicate with street drugs and who refuse to go to school and isolate themselves and I enable children who have stopped speaking (also known as Selective Mutism) to recover their voices.
If you would like to find out how I can help then please get in touch with me. You are welcome to send me an email or you can contact me by phone for an initial discussion.
I would like the children and young people who work with me to feel comfortable and empowered, understood and heard as they learn about themselves and find new ways to communicate with others based on self-respect and self-care.
I do my very best to ensure that meetings with me fit in with all school, college and work commitments.
Counselling works if young people wish to attend. I do not apply pressure on young people to have therapy. I think this is a fair and safe rule of thumb.
Some of the children and young people I have worked with have kindly left me anonymous, post therapy, testimonials about how they feel the work we carried out together helped them. You can review these testimonials and you will gain an insight into some of the issues that we speak about in counselling.
This very difficult state of being for children, young people and their families can cause profound anxiety and distress that can lead to long-term serious health conditions.
The lack of safety and the dangerous unpredictability of life experienced by a young person taken into care, combined with the trauma of being taken away from their family of birth, can delay or even stop relaxed, reflective, self development where a young person might otherwise be able to work out who they are and what makes them happy.
Instead, being fostered or adopted can lead to a child being confused about their identity, fearful for their present day and so completely unable to conceptualise the idea that their own future must be planned for.
Counselling during these times of intense pressure and stress gives a young person the opportunity to reflect on what has happened and to have their story respected and witnessed by another.
The counselling I provide for fostered or adopted children enables them to authentically connect with themselves enabling them to truly understand what is right and what is wrong for them both as an individual and as a member of a family.
I also provide evidence based advice and guidance to foster carers and adopters that enables them to understand the behaviour and feelings of the young people in their care.
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