I am a thoughtful sensitive and warm practitioner. I create a welcoming and confidential space in which children, teenagers and parents are able to relax, talk freely and explore what is concerning them. I support clients in experiencing a more positive sense of themselves and a greater peace of mind.
Sometimes things can feel difficult, like when you change class or school or your friends start acting weirdly. Sometimes parents are having problems and life can feel really hard and lonely. It might seem like there is no-one who understands what you are feeling or how to help you. Coming to therapy is about having someone (me) who you can talk to about stuff.
It’s not easy being a young person. There are so many things to deal with, so many things which can feel out of control, like being told you have to ‘grow up’, but being treated like a child, pressure from school and parents, stuff happening online or with friends. These can all affect the way you feel.
I work one-to-one with parents, thinking together with you about your child and what changes you can make in order to help them with their difficulties. Therapy can support you to feel less overwhelmed by the issues which are going on in your life. With time we will non-judgementally explore the patterns which you may be repeating and are no longer helpful to yourself or to your family. Through therapy you will be supported to have a greater understanding of yourself, be able to listen and trust yourself and therefore make changes that will enable you to make your life feel easier and happier.
Mindfulness is about learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. It trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now, be that good or bad.
I work with children from 5 to 12 and teenagers/young adults from 13 to late 20s.
I work one-to-one with parents and adults.
Therapy is weekly, and takes place on the same day and at the same time each week (excluding school holidays) and lasts for 50 minutes.
Coming for the first session can feel nerve wracking, for children and for adults. But I am experienced at helping people to feel relaxed and at ease.
During the first session we will have a general chat about the issues and some background information as well as thinking about what you want from therapy.
For sessions with children I see the child with their parent/s in the first meeting.
Sometimes short-term therapy is all that is needed to help with problems, and so I offer a six session package – one assessment session with parent and child, four sessions with the child and then a final session with parent and child.
I also work with clients long-term, this can be anything from a few months to a year or more. We will assess the therapy as we go, re-evaluating how things are and what is needed.
Whatever is discussed during sessions is confidential, except if I believe that there is an issue of safety. Then I reserve the right to break confidentiality. This will always be discussed with the client before action is taken.
With children and teenagers I might discuss them telling their parents about difficult things and whether they want to invite parents into a session to discuss issues which have been upsetting them.
I discuss my work with a clinical supervisor from time to time to ensure that I am working with clients to meet their needs as well as I can. This is standard practice within psychotherapy and my supervisor is bound by the same code of ethics and confidentiality that I work by.
£80 – £90 for individual sessions of 50 minutes.
£110-130 for couple or family sessions of 90 minutes.
I have a limited number of concessions for those unable to pay the full fee.
Fees are payable in cash or cheque at the end of sessions or by bank transfer post session.
If you need to rearrange your appointment, with more than 48 hours notice I can see if there is another time possible, and if not there is no charge. Less that 48 hours notice and the session is charged in full.