As an Integrative Counsellor/Therapist I work using a developmental-relational approach that uses a combination of various psychotherapeutic modalities. I ‘integrate’ these approaches depending on the needs of the young person I am working with, with the aim of facilitating the storytelling of their experience and assist in an understanding of their past and present.
Working in this way allows for understanding, while also focusing on here and now experiencing. The relationship between therapist and client is very important. Once a trusting, secure relationship is achieved, the young person will be able to use the new experiences of relating, to grow and make positive changes in their lives.
I have worked with children and adolescents for over 10 years, within education and emotional wellbeing, in various roles offering support to young people in need.
For the past 5 years, this has been within counselling and psychotherapy, as I’ve worked alongside young people to explore their current situations and experiences, helping to identify concerns and bring about any changes they hope for.
I am experienced in working therapeutically with children and teenagers, from differing ages and levels of understanding, using creative interventions like art and play. Topics and concerns that have been explored include self esteem, worries, anxiety, low mood, self harm, and identity, amongst others.