My integrative psychotherapeutic approach for working with children allows me to tailor their therapy to each child or young person. I see the relationship between myself and a child or young person as the central point in the therapy, this is then directed using theories from psychoanalysis and Gestalt theory and backed by current neuroscience in particular Polyvagal theories. I use these theories to inform my understanding of children’s developmental trauma which may now show as problematic adjustments to their present day thinking and behaviour. The open-ended length of work I offer also lends itself to this depth of work and is suitable for any issue a child or young person is experiencing as well as the specific needs of neurodiverse children. I use a combination of talking therapy, interpretative play and the use of creative mediums such as arts, crafts and sand tray. These techniques enable engagement in an age-appropriate way accommodating each child’s differences and abilities to communicate.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist for Children and Adolescents, registered with both BACP and UKCP. I have been carrying out psychotherapy and counselling for children and young people in schools in Birmingham and Shropshire over the last 5 years. This has included primary and secondary schools, as well as a pupil referral unit for excluded children. This has enabled me to work with a vast array of children’s issues and very diverse cultural and contextual backgrounds.
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.