Significant life events such as the death of a loved one, going through a divorce, starting a new school or going to university, experiencing trauma or a big change such as moving areas can be impactful and difficult to manage.
I began working as a youth worker in 2002 which brought me in to contact with young people who were funny, creative, vulnerable, clever, lost, outspoken, self-harming, angry, friendly, and caring and all of the above as well as much more…. and I loved it.
I started my psychotherapy training in 2006 whilst still working as a youth worker and this informed how I understood the theory as well as how I worked with young people.
I was made redundant in 2012. It was a sad day but it was a new beginning too. Being a therapist who works with young people and adults was something I wanted to do and so here was my chance.
What can counselling and therapy offer you?
Counselling and therapy can offer you additional support through stressful periods and help you to develop healthy ways to express emotion, the ability to recognise strengths and weaknesses and cultivate a positive attitude to life.
Some of the issues you may be facing might be:
- Academic pressure
- Peer pressure
- Self-harm and self-injury
- Family or step family conflict
- Low confidence
- Low self esteem
- Eating disorders
- Anger and aggression
- Gender and sexuality confusion
What happens in the sessions?
We can look at how you’re feeling in lots of different ways, by talking, drawing, using toys and being creative. Whatever is comfortable with you.
I will not impose my beliefs on you or make decisions on your behalf
How can you benefit from therapy?
- Learn how express yourself in positive ways
- Improve the quality of your relationships
- Increase your confidence
- Develop a positive sense of self
- Learn how to confidently share your thoughts and feelings with others
Information for parents and caregivers
If you are worried about your child and are willing to support them through this process I would be happy to discuss your concerns over the phone or we can meet in person.
Any information we discuss in person or over the phone will be available to the young person. If we have any email contact I will copy the young person in on it.
This kind of open communication allows all the information shared to be transparent and cultivates an environment for everyone involved to feel safe.
I have a document called a psychotherapy agreement in which all the boundaries I work within are made clear. Both you and the young person will have a copy.
Who pays, when and how and whether or not the adult is informed of times and dates of sessions will be negotiated between all the parties so again the process is clear and all parties have the information they need.
If you have any questions please contact me