I really enjoy working with young people. The way I work is that the young person leads the therapeutic work using the creative and play tools available to them in the therapy room. I work in this way as very often when life has become emotionally overwhelming for a young person, they have lost control somewhere in their lives. Through using the creative tools week to week, a story develops as to what is troubling them in the world around them. Through using these tools it helps the child and young person to strengthen their communication techniques, confidence and resilience in dealing with their external reality.
Who I Work With
In my private practise I work with young people aged 16-25. I am happy to work with children and young people aged 6-16 on a freelance basis within a school/ community setting in order to support the development of emotional well-being services available. This is in order that children, young people can enjoy and achieve in the future. This helps their confidence and competence in making healthier choices for themselves.
What Support I Can Offer
I work either short-term (6/12 weeks) or long term with the young person. I have worked with a range of youth needs as presented in the counselling context which has included: communication, transition support between primary to secondary school, behavioural support, bullying, sexual health, sexuality, gender, gang violence, drugs or alcohol, relationships, healthy eating, body image, depression and anxiety. I take referrals from the individual, parent or carer, voluntary or statutory service. Please note that I do not work with child custodial cases, though I am happy to link you to other therapists that specialise in this area.
Normally, the initial stage of the assessment would be to meet with the young person and if appropriate their parent or carer looking at their specific goals or expectations. This could take one or two sessions depending on what is presented. I may also want to meet with the parent or carer during and at the end of counselling. I do charge for any meetings attended, any reports and letters requested.