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About me and my therapy practice
I founded Thriving Young Minds and specialise in working with children and young people aged 7-21. This is in recognition of the importance of early intervention and developing the skills needed to allow young people to strengthen their roots and flourish in their own unique way.
Areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, loss, self-esteem, dealing with change, stress, confidence, relationship issues, family issues, self-harm, abuse and self-acceptance.
I believe that each young person has the ability to manage the issues they face and work with them to develop the resilience they need. The work we do is intended to help you deal with issues long-term, not just a short-term fix.
With 16 years experience, we use a variety of counselling models so develop individual ways of working with each young person.
As client-centred therapists the belief is that each young person has the ability to manage the issues they face. By encouraging clients to take ownership of their situation they can find ways to achieve their aims. We have a strengths-focused approach which draws on existing skills and qualities. Being trained and experienced in various counselling approaches allows the support provided to be best suited to each young person.
Young people often find it tricky to be open and talk about their feelings. By using play and creative therapy, we can enter into the young person’s world and see life through their eyes. Some ways of working don’t suit everyone so it is a priority to get to know what would be most effective for each client so you can rest assured you are getting bespoke counselling for your circumstances.
Being BACP Accredited means that counsellors have achieved a high level of training and experience and are committed to ongoing development. It also involves a commitment to working in an ethical way, ensuring the needs of the client are protected. By regularly attending professional development courses, attending local meetings and monitoring local and national developments, our knowledge and skills are maintained at all times.
With Thriving Young Minds you can have peace of mind that you will get a high quality counselling using a vast amount of knowledge and experience.
My first session
The first session will be an assessment session. This is a two-way process. It is an opportunity for us to get to know the client and their situation. We will also explain more about how we work and the resources we may use as part of the sessions. For the client, they can decide whether they would feel comfortable working with us in this way. Being able to develop a trusting relationship is key to therapy working well. For younger clients, or where clients may feel anxious initially, a parent or carer is welcome to come into the session for the first 10/15 minutes to help them feel more secure and, where appropriate, to help them explain what they are experiencing.
Following this, we will discuss ongoing support.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Trauma
Clients I work with
Children, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling