My work with children
Children who struggle to cope with painful feelings can fail to flourish because they often lack the inner resources to process their emotions. So a child may feel sad, anxious and distressed and they need an adult to help them. If their problems are not dealt with sooner rather than later, their problems leak out into challenging and difficult behaviour, anger or other troubles, which grow with them and this can lead to problems in adulthood. Effective counselling can provide children with understanding, giving them a sense of hope and fulfilment and it can improve their educational attainment.
I work with children aged 5+ through the language of play, in collaboration with parents, schools and other agencies. I use art, sand tray and drama in my work with children. I help children work through painful and difficult feelings to help them cope . I support children with a range of issues, including parental discord, mental health issues, depression and anxiety, childhood abuse and neglect and a range of childhood disorders, including autism and selective mutism.
I am an HCPC Registered Art Therapist (AS16514) and a Level 4 CPCAB Children’s Counsellor. I completed the CPCAB Level 5 Counselling Children and Young People in schools whilst engaged in schools-based training with Place2Be. I am Enhanced DBS checked and I work in accordance with the BACP Competencies Framework for children and young people and Child Protection and Safeguarding policy and legislation.