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I am currently fully booked.
I have a waiting list for schools and at my private practice from September 2022.
Please feel free to complete a referral form via my website link below.
About me and my therapy practice
I am a qualified Creative Arts & Play Therapist with over 10 years experience.
I specialise in child emotional & mental health and work with ages 2 - 18 years.
I work across several schools and offer individual or group therapy.
I can practice at school or within my private clinic.
I offer individual child, grouped therapy, child parent relationship therapy. With children and families, this can take the form of an initial assessment session with parents followed by individual sessions with the child; individual child sessions combined with separate parent sessions; whole family sessions or any combination that we agree is useful. With adults we agree a working contract of how frequently we meet and build in regular reviews to track progress.
I can offer support with, (amongst other things): relational difficulties failure to thrive in school, relationship issues, trauma, bereavement, bullying, lack of self esteem, depression, family arguments, sibling difficulties, issues connected to fostering and adoption, the affect on children and families of parental/family ill health/mental health/substance misuse.
With children and young people, I use the power of play, dance, drama, puppets, sensory activities, sport or art, as a way of communicating and accessing emotions and narratives that are difficult to put into words. Making a good connection with young people is very important, and I ensure that the work is lead by them, and progresses in a way that is attuned to their developmental stage. I am able to provide information and support to parents and carers about issues the child and family may be experiencing, as well as strategies and techniques to manage emotions and behaviour.
With families, I try to make connections between past events and relationships, and current difficulties. Through exploring the dynamic connection between early life events and current behaviour patterns, some relief and understanding of painful feelings can be found, and behaviour patterns can change.
My first session
Our first session is a chance for us both to find out whether we are a good 'fit' for working together.
With children and young people, especially younger ones, I usually start with an initial meeting with a parent or carer. We can decide in our initial phone conversation whether the child should also be present. This meeting is to help me find out a bit more about what brings the family to therapy, and whether I might be of support. It is also a chance to discuss confidentiality and safeguarding, with plenty of opportunities to ask me questions. After this, we can make a 'working agreement' together, which is both of our commitment to how we will work together going forwards.
For individual adult clients the process is similar; the first session is a time for us to explore what brings you to therapy and what your hopes and expectations might be, and for me to go into a bit more detail about how I work. We then make a 'working agreement' that covers frequency and duration of sessions, payment and missed sessions. Again, there is plenty of opportunity to ask me questions throughout this process.
What I can help with
ADD / ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, Personal development, Phobias, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma
Types of therapy
Creative therapy, Family therapy, Integrative, Person centred, Play therapy
Clients I work with
Children, Families, Groups, Organisations, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited