Hello, my name is Sarah, I am an Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. I provide support to children, adolescents and their families within the education sector. In addition to this, consultancy and inset day training's are available to teaching professionals wishing to learn more about children's mental health. I also have a private practice based in Dulwich, South East London.
I hold a three-year Masters in Integrative Child Psychotherapy as well as a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts and a Certificate in Integrative Counselling Skills. I am a professional member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) and the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). My affiliation with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) supports the depths of my training. I adhere to their Code of Ethics; maintaining confidentiality and following relevant safeguarding procedures where necessary. I hold full professional liability insurance and an up to date DBS (Disclosures and Barring service) certificate to confirm my credibility as a competent and effective psychotherapist working with children and their families.
I respect that every child is unique and therefore brings to therapy a different set of life experiences, beliefs, and feelings. For this reason, I have an Integrative approach. This means that I draw from several theories such as attachment theory, object relations, and gestalt, underpinning it all with the latest interpersonal neurobiological research and my background in the arts. As a result, I can tailor my approach to each individual’s needs and can offer both short term or long term therapy.
The therapeutic relationship is at the heart of my practice. I understand that children and adolescents sometimes struggle to put their feelings into words and therefore I support young people to safely express their feelings by using the arts, imagination, and play. The arts allow me to gently get alongside and understand how relationships and experiences have shaped a child's internal emotional world. I help to make sense of what a child or young person shows me through their play and creativity and through their relationship with me. Therapy using the arts can help young people to gain a better understanding of themselves and others whilst building resilience and promoting emotional wellbeing.