What counselling support do you offer for Children and Young People?
Anxiety – General & Social
Autistic Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s & Dyslexia
Self-image including Identity issues
School or College Issues
As an Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, I work in a developmentally appropriate way to establish a therapeutic relationship with the young person.
I provide a safe, confidential place for them to explore their often-confusing feelings, thoughts and emotions. While some young people prefer to talk, others can sometimes struggle to communicate through words alone, and require a more creative approach to support them to understand and express themselves.Depending on the needs and wishes of the young person, they can negotiate the way they would like to work creatively. I recognise that it is their time and they are the experts on themselves.
Using a variety of different mediums; drawing, painting, clay, sand tray, collage, journaling, poetry, writing, games or talking, to meet their individual needs. I believe that building trust in the therapeutic relationship, by being respectful and non-judgemental, will allow young people to develop confidence in themselves and become more self aware.
Counselling – Individual Therapy
My practice is in Fair Oak, Hampshire, in a dedicated therapy studio overseeing my garden. It is a safe, caring, and calm environment, where I offer face to face sessions. I also work online via TEAMS/Zoom. Initially I will meet with parents/carers first before meeting with the young person about whom you have concerns. This allows us to gather background information as well as show you the parents/carers around the therapy room and explain fully how the service works. This will be charged at the same rate as the counselling and paid in advance.
If you choose for us to work together, sessions are 50 minutes long and are generally weekly to ensure a strong therapeutic alliance. I can offer brief short-term counselling (6-12 sessions) and usually focus on one issue that you and the young person would like to explore and work through. The other option is longer-term open ended therapy sessions. I will then give you a 'Counselling Agreement' to take away with you to read before meeting again. I generally suggest that we try to work together for 6 sessions and then review how things are going. The next step would be for the younger person to attend for several counselling sessions after which we again meet with their parents/carers and discuss openly and honestly what, if any, further intervention is required.
I have been fortunate to have worked for over twenty years in the area of special educational needs and disability (SEND) across a range of settings with fantastic parents, children and young people. I am an experienced SENCo, Specialist Teacher for Dyslexia and Access Arrangements Assessor. My experiences means that I have the skills, knowledge and empathy to support you with the guidance and advice required. I will provide impartial, confidential and practical support. I will listen to your concerns about your young person related to SEN, disability, EHC plans and other educational queries. I can support by:
Providing a confidential space to discuss your concerns
Help you prepare for meetings
Looking at different options
Signpost who to talk to in school about your concerns and the help that can be given
Discuss concerns related to a SEN concern and advice about next steps
Support with referrals to appropriate professional bodies
Discuss concerns around exams, how your child is assessed and requirements that are needed to qualify for Access Arrangements
Discuss your rights and responsibilities
If you decide to go for an Education, Health and Care plan, I can talk through the process and what this involves
Parents have said that they have felt empowered after being able to discuss their child’s difficulties, having time to talk through and understand the process means they have had confidence going into schools to discuss concerns.