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- Flexible hours available
About me and my therapy practice
Hello, I am Vanessa, a child & adolescent counsellor and coach. I have extensive experience and many qualifications in mental health support, and enjoy helping children, young people and their parents/carers 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.
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
Normally after a brief chat on the phone 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 offer face to face appointments in a room in the village of Abbotskerswell. I will give full details when you are booked in.
I can also 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
Children, Families, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling