Young people and Families

Helping young people and families towards a better and brighter future

My experience of working with young people and families in the NHS, private practice, independent and state sector schools has given me a specialist interest in this area. Having worked and managed counselling services within schools, I am aware of the importance of a collaborative approach. My underlying philosophy where possible is to actively encourage family members, schools and any other agencies working with the family to engage in supporting therapeutic work with young people.

Therapy with children and adolescents provides an opportunity for gentle exploration and resolution of potential difficulties. This can give the individual and family the best chance of enhancing resilience and fulfilling their potential. I firmly believe that it is easier to build a child than repair an adult. Early intervention can reduce the likelihood of problems in later life by providing an opportunity to process the source of a young persons' difficulty in a safe and contained environment.

My approach is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and family. Consideration is given to developmental stage, the nature of the difficulty and the young persons' ability to articulate their concerns. Whilst some young people can talk openly about their situation, others feel more comfortable to express their emotions through the use of art or play therapy. Therapeutic work with children can be brief or long-term according to the nature of the difficulty. In addition, my training in child EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitiation and Reprocessing) has helped a number of children to process traumatic incidents in a gentle and targeted manner.

I have experience of working with children, adolescents and families with a wide range of presenting issues including:-

-Anxiety, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder.
-Low self-esteem and perfectionism.
-School phobia, exam anxiety and other school related issues.
-The emotional impact of parental separation.
-Separation anxiety.
-Difficulties related to adoption/fostering.
-Supporting siblings of autistic children.
-Emotional support for young carers.
-Anger related issues.
-The emotional impact of parental addiction/mental health problems.
-Eating disorders.
-Traumatic incidents and post traumatic stress disorder.
-Supporting young people pursing careers in the performing arts.