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I hold a Level 4 certificate in Children's Counselling through the Charity Place2Be. I really enjoy working children and teenagers (age 10+) and through my years of working with this age range, I have adapted my practice by using a range of approaches, including understanding the teen brain to met the demands of todays world.
I gauge every session on how the child/teenager would like the therapy to proceed. The child and I are equals in the room. Some children like the direct approach to just talk while colouring or playing, this can include counselling/couching and mentoring in the session and some children like to use metaphors to allow their feelings to come through. Either is fine and I keep the space safe to allow them to do so.
The the first session, I allow the parent in. This gives you a chance to meet me and you can ask any questions you may have and help your child to adapt to what therapy will be like for them. Most children I have met, feel more secure when this happens in the first session. As all sessions are confidential, I will only update you if I have a concern or the child expresses they want you to know something. Sessions are 50 Minutes unless we decide in the assessment that your child would find it hard to engage for this length of time. I will then adjust the time and the fee to suit them. After this session, I encourage you and your child/teenager to go away from this session and talk about whether I am the right person for them to work with. This is the first part of allowing your child to feel in control and have a voice that is being heard.
Please be aware that I do not have a waiting room.
I hold a enhanced DBS and follow the Child Protection Regulations. I hold a DSL certificate (Designated Safeguard Lead)
I have experience of working with disabilities
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and we can book a free 20 minute zoom call to see how you feel about your child working with me.