'Psychotherapy' derives from the ancient Greek words 'psyche' (meaning 'breath or soul') and therapia (meaning 'healing, attendance or treatment') and there are many reasons why parents look for psychotherapy for their children or why a young adult might seek out therapeutic support and these include a wide range of experiences and feelings, both past and present. Finding a therapist can be a daunting process and lots of people can feel intimidated by the prospect. I have written a blog about going along to meet with a therapist or counsellor:
Sometimes children will start to develop behaviours that may be causing upset and concern for them and those around them. Parents, carers and teachers may recognise signs such as persistent anger, anxiety or sadness and that these feelings seem to be affecting a child's development and their ability to get along with their family and friends at school. Young adults might feel hopeless and anxious about certain thoughts and feelings and might not know how to manage at home or at school/college.
Talking through life experiences can be helpful and supportive, and many young people experiencing emotional difficulties may benefit from talking with someone away from family and friends in a confidential space. The arts and creativity can also be beneficial and all age groups can find the arts a wonderful tool for expression. Younger children who may find talking threatening and difficult to make sense of also benefit from being able to play and create in therapy. Using the arts can help children and young people to communicate at their own level and at their own pace and this can gently help them to understand difficult feelings and experiences that they may not have previously recognised.
As an Integrative therapist, I work with attachment, psychoanalysis, humanistic and systemic theories, whilst I also have a keen interest in cutting-edge developmental psychology, neurobiological processes and psychotherapy practices. I can help children and young adults with a wide range of concerns and difficulties, and alongside talking I can offer play, art and creativity within psychotherapy to help those I work with express themselves fully and move beyond difficult experiences and associated feelings. I am also interested in issues of trauma, specifically developmental trauma and the how this impacts a child and the parents/carers, and family surrounding such a child.
Professional roles and experience
My clinical experience includes work within nurseries, schools, universities, professional agencies and private practice where I work with children, young people and parents individually, facilitate group work for specific needs and provide psycho-therapeutic advocacy for children within networks. I am able to work with a wide range of personal concerns, experiences and difficulties and I welcome all children, young people and parents, as well as professionals working with vulnerable young people, i.e. adoption and fostering teams.
I currently work with many children and parents each week and alongside individual appointments, I work with education staff offering training on attachment difficulties, behaviour as communication and mental health. My approach is non-directive and I offer an empathic, accepting and sensitive space where I use my experience and knowledge to support and promote wellbeing and the development of healthy relationships.