My therapeutic orientation is guided and informed by a variety of theories including attachment, neuroscience, as well as clinical practices and developmental theories arising from humanistic, relational, mindfulness and psychodynamic approaches. I have specialist skills in the therapeutic use of different arts media, where creative activities and play can facilitate emotional awareness and alternative ways of communication. These can be carried through drawing, the use of clay, music, painting, as well as the use of the sand tray.
I have experience in working with children and young people with a vast range of difficulties, including those who have been adopted; who struggle with their gender identity; who have experienced loss, trauma, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, or bereavement; who experience depression, anxiety, or have issues with anger; with those who have physical disabilities, or are under a specific diagnosis.
I have worked with adopted children and their families for the past 12 years under different authorities and now with Adopt London South. I have had extensive trainings in Developmental Trauma and work related to adoption, through PAC-UK, as well as Family Futures. I have done training courses with Dr Daniel Hughes over several years. His framework of engagement is at the heart of my work with adopted children and their families.
I am an integrative Child Psychotherapist working with children, adolescents and young people, both in schools and privately. I also offer therapeutic parenting support.
I see all my clients on a one-to-one basis, and online if needed.
I have a Master’s degree from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education/London Metropolitan University. I graduated in 2013 and became UKCP registered in January 2014. I adhere to the code of ethics of the UKCP. I am committed to on-going professional development and have undertaken post qualification trainings such as Developmental Trauma, Therapeutic Groupwork and EMDR level 1. From these, I can offer EMDR sessions and can work with groups.
The aim of working therapeutically with children and young people is to provide support around their emotional, educational and social needs: to help them understand their emotions, their ways of relating to themselves and others, as well as to provide them with the tools to manage when feeling overwhelmed. I am always intrigued to see how children and young people take pleasure from learning about how the brain function and why we behave in certain ways, and to see how they show relief when I say that there’s no such thing as bad children or bad behaviour, as behaviour is only another form of communication!
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.