A comprehensive integrative psychotherapeutic counselling background, together with cognitive behavior and play therapy means I have a wide range of resources available to suit each child or young person's needs.
This type of counselling is for any child or young person (4-18 years) who is experiencing difficulties - whether it's a mental health concern or a problem relating to family or school/college.
One the main reasons for the effectiveness of this type of therapy (for all ages) is because the counselling environment provides a safe, neutral place that is very separate from their daily lives. It is space for working things out.
Older children have felt able to talk about their concerns and felt happier and more able to cope after therapy. Usually, the first session will include helping you overcome immediate physical symptoms (such as sleep issues or panic attacks, for example) . During therapy you won't be talked down to or be told what to do. Instead you'll be invited to explore the reasons behind your difficulties (at your own pace), and then be supported through cognitive work to help you find ways to cope better and build resilience.
The sort of things you might want to talk about may include gender issues, exam stress, relationship problems, borderline personality disorder, self-harming, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bereavement, low self-esteem, anger management or bullying - but, really any difficulty that is causing unhappiness or making you 'not feel your usual self'.
Counselling via Skype is also an option for older children . Provided they have a quiet place (from where they can talk openly) this can work well .
The aim for younger children is the similar as for older children - to help them explore their difficulties and find ways to cope and build resilience. However, as play is the most natural form of expression, play therapy is used to understand and communicate the child's thoughts and emotions just as an adult would talk about their feelings.
My play room is set up to encourage relaxed exploration and creative play - depending on what your child needs Again, I work only at your child's pace and with approaches suitable for their age and stage of development.
Some of the difficulties play therapy can help with include behavioral issues (at home or at school), trauma, anxiety, social issues, school refusal, coping with grief and loss, adjusting to change (a new baby for example), depression, autism spectrum disorder, anger, divorce, and physical and learning disabilities.
My promise to be there for every step of your child's journey, with the goal of helping them heal, grow and feel empowered.
Additionally, because children's counselling is quite specialised, part of this promise includes an ongoing commitment to continued training and professional development to ensure concurrence with the latest research and advances in child mental health.
My focus is to allow clients explore their difficulties in a calm, supportive environment at their own pace, using the therapy tools that they feel most comfortable with and helping them on their journey. And there is no upper age limit on play.
TA9 4HJ, Highbridge, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
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