I am a UKCP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist working with children of all ages in primary and secondary schools and in private practice, working in partnership with their parents/carers and with the professional network such as schools, social care, and Local Authority Statutory services, and foster carers. My approach is integrative and person-centered, working in a way that adapts to the needs and age of the young person. For primary school aged children, I use a more art and play-based approach using games, art, sand play. With all ages, I place great importance on building a trusting relationship and creating a safe and confidential space to allow clients to explore, process and express feelings, build confidence and develop resilience and self reflection. I am able to work both long term and short term work ensuring collaborative goals are set for the treatment and these are achieved according to the treatment plan.
I started working therapeutically with children that had severe learning difficulties and Autism in a secure residential setting, I then set up my own therapeutic Alternative Provision where my company provided education and therapeutic services to Primary and Secondary children that were at risk of exclusion or had been excluded from school and I did this for over ten years. I have worked directly with a significant number of children and families providing support for a range of difficulties such as challenging behaviour, CSE involvement, social and mental health difficulties, learning difficulties, ADHD, difficulties with medical illnesses whilst in education, anxiety and depression, trauma, bereavement, friendship and identity difficulties and gang affiliation. My service was able to be flexible with the needs of children and families in order to put in a bespoke treatment plan ensuring a high quality tailored service of intervention. I have worked with a number of children who were open to CAMHS, Social care and the Youth Offending Team.
I am a believer in early intervention where tailored support early on can ensure children can have a opportunity to understand and process there inner conflict and are helped to overcome this allowing them to be more resilient and reaching their full potential in all aspects of there lives.