I am a UKCP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist working with children of all ages in primary and secondary schools and in private practice, in close connection with their parents/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 started therapeutic work with young people in schools over ten years ago initially as a teaching assistance and then learning mentor. I completed my training as an Educational Psychotherapist at Caspari Foundation in 2014 and since then have been working as a psychotherapist. I also work in schools providing one to one sessions and also therapeutic groups. This year I completed my supervision training at Caspari Foundation and now also work providing one to one and group supervision for other therapists. I also currently provide this service for staff involved in teaching and young people’s housing.
I have worked with young people from a wide range of different backgrounds and different family experiences (including adopted children and those in care), who have been experiencing and living with a wide variety of issues. These include: low self confidence, anxiety, depression, anger difficulties, self harm, relationship difficulties, bereavement and loss of various sorts, domestic violence and trauma, gender identity issues, ADHD and autism.Through my experience working in schools, I have seen how young people’s emotional state and struggles can often impact heavily on their ability to learn and thrive in the school environment. Often, therapeutic support early in life can help a child process and make greater sense of their internal and external struggles and lead to a greater capacity to embrace life as young people but also into adulthood.