Vanessa Hurst

Vanessa Hurst


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07889162981

Contact Vanessa

Therapist - Hampstead, London

Hampstead, London NW3
07889162981
Sessions from £60.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available

Availability

I work online and have grown to love this way of providing counselling. Please contact me directly and hopefully we can find a time that suits you and your child. I currently have some availability on Tuesday and Wednesday.  There might be the possibility of the occasional face-to-face meeting in certain locations, depending on the current Covid situation. Please get in touch via the link here or on my website, or give me a call. Only I will listen to your message. Please make it clear if it is ok to call you back and suggest some times.

About me and my therapy practice

Are you looking for counselling for your child or teen? Are they anxious, worried or low in mood? Perhaps you struggle with their behaviour or want your relationship to be better? This is my specialist area - I help children, young people and parents resolve problems with their feelings and relationships. Parents often ring me, really concerned and wondering what to do for the best. If this is you, read on..... 

I have extensive experience in schools, GP settings, NHS CAMHS (11 years) and in private practice. I also have many qualifications which you can read about on my website (link is above in red). I do appreciate that it can be daunting trying to find a therapist for your child and it is really important to find the right person so for this reason I offer a free introductory chat (up to 20 minutes) so we can get to know each other. And it doesn't commit you to work with me. Please get in touch.

Practice description

I help when children are experiencing difficulties with their feelings, behaviour and relationships. It is normal for children and young people to have challenges and worries as they grow up, but sometimes, for all sorts of reasons, it can be hard for them to sort these out without help. Parents and other adults are usually able to assist, but sometimes they need additional help too and they welcome the involvement of a professional like me.

It can sometimes be hard for children to agree to therapy, especially if they are anxious, and that can leave you (parents) feeling frustrated and helpless. I can still help by working with you instead.  I often provide guidance to parents wanting to help their child.

I always offer you and your child these conditions: 

  • confidentiality
  • empathy
  • no judgement
  • respect

Here are some of the issues I help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • When a child/teen is feeling very worried, angry, sad or confused and is struggling to express and manage these uncomfortable feelings
  • Troubled parent/child relationships and communication difficulties (e.g. negativity, non-compliance, conflict)
  • Parental divorce and separation
  • Bereavement and loss

I use a variety of therapies to help and adapt the approach I use to suit each child/young person/parent/family. For example with older teenagers I might use a CBT approach whereas with a young child I would like to use lots of games and activities. I might start with a solution focussed approach. If you'd like to know more, I can tell you about these approaches when we meet and when I have an idea what is going on for your child. 


My first session

We will probably have already spoken during the free introductory chat I offer. This is an opportunity for you to fill me in a little, discuss counselling and also get to know me. You are welcome to ask questions, and I might ask you a few too. Next, we arrange an appointment and this is the beginning of our work together. I will do all I can to put you and/or your child at ease. I will ask some questions and we will talk together about what has brought you to therapy.

I work online, (Zoom appointments) and I have grown to love this way of providing therapy. The benefits of using technology to connect means you can have therapy wherever you can create a confidential space, and can be somewhere that is comfortable for you. Also, there is the convenience of not having to travel.

What I can help with

Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Health related issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Creative therapy, Family therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Neuro linguistic programming, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Families, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling

Therapist - Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot TQ12
07889162981
Sessions from £60.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available

About me and my therapy practice

Hello, I am Vanessa, a child & adolescent counsellor. I have extensive experience and many qualifications in mental health support, and enjoy helping children, young people and their parents with all kinds of issues, including anxiety, worry and depression. This is the area I have specialised in for many years. It can be daunting trying to find a therapist for your child, so please click on the link to my website and if you think I might be able to help you, please get in touch. 

If your child is going through a tricky phase and you are just thinking about getting some help, please don't leave things until they worsen. Evidence shows that therapeutic early intervention works. I am very happy to offer you sessions on your own to talk through things, and support you to help your child. 

Practice description

I am a Creative Integrative Therapist which means that I adapt the approach I use to suit each child/young person/parent/family. For example with older teenagers I might use a CBT approach whereas with a young child I would like to use lots of games and activities. If you'd like to know more, I can tell you about these approaches when we meet and when I have an idea what is going on for your child. However please know that I always offer you these conditions: confidentiality, empathy, no judgement, and lots of respect. It can be so hard being a parent sometimes, if you are really worried, therapy can help. I do this by listening to you, helping you talk about feelings, understanding what's going on and finding ways to manage or resolve what is happening so you can both feel happier again. 

My first session

I offer an introductory chat of about 20 minutes (free of charge.) This is an opportunity for you to fill me in a little, discuss counselling and also get to know me. You are welcome to ask questions and I might ask you a few too. Next, we arrange an appointment and this is the beginning of our work together. I will do all I can to put you and/or  your child at ease. I will ask some questions and we will talk together about what has brought you to therapy.

I work online, (telephone and Zoom appointments).

What I can help with

Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Life coaching, Loss, OCD, Personal development, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Creative therapy, Family therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Neuro linguistic programming, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Families, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling