I am working with Northern Guild for Psychotherapy as a "grandparent" organisation to evidence my existing qualifications and experience to enable me to be registered with UKCP as a Child Psychotherapist. I am currently registered as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor due to my Masters degree being under a different accrediting organisation. To be ready for the final assessment, I need to complete a portfolio and an additional 60 child psychotherapy hours supervised by a UKCP Child Psychotherapist.
I am offering low cost fees for children aged 5-8 that I can count towards the 60 hours.
My specialist training and experience of working therapeutically with children, young people and families gives me the skills and in depth theoretical understanding to work effectively with the full range of mental health, emotional and behavioural issues that trouble children and adolescents.
As a parent/carer you need the reassurance that the counsellor you choose has the right experience and personality to engage with and help your child. You also need a professional who is able to gain your trust and support you through a difficult time in family life, whilst maintaining the very important safe and confidential space of the child's therapy.
Therapy for children involves a mix of talking, play, creative activities, storytelling, music, and drama/role play. I have the skills, in depth training and experience to adapt how I work to the individual needs and age of the child.
As well as working with the child in one to one counselling, I also work closely with parents/carers (see information for parents). Parents may be present in some sessions, have their own sessions to focus on how best to support their child, or a mixture. I aim to be flexible and assess carefully how I may best meet the needs of the child within the family setting.
Sometimes when children are struggling at school, it can be helpful for me to work with education staff and provide advice and guidance on how to support the child.
I also may refer on to other professionals, sometimes whilst continuing to see the child myself whilst liaising with other mental health agencies, at other times we may need to bring our therapy to an end.
I have a full, up-to-date, enhanced DBS check for the child and adult workforce and up to date safeguarding training.