During this challenging time, sessions will be mainly run virtually. In extenuating circumstances there is scope for face-to-face sessions in a Covid-safe environment.
You are welcome to a 20 minute consultation free of charge. Further to that, all sessions last 50 minutes.
Some of the main areas of counselling I deal with include depression… anxiety…negative thinking…stress…identity…self-esteem and confidence…guilt and shame…major life changes…bereavement…relationships and families…attachment and trauma…sexuality…self-harm…suicidal thinking.
All of the adult stresses listed above are often very relevant to young people. But I am very aware of the unique pressures of growing up in this crazy world today. These may include school and exam pressures…problems in your parents’ relationship…getting along with family members…rules & boundaries…friendship fallouts…bullying…drugs & alcohol…the impact of social media.
Please see my Counselling Directory listing for further areas covered…
Fee: £45 per session.
The impact of adoption can often be lifelong, affecting the adoptee, adoptive family members and the birth family. There are many positive and rewarding aspects to the adoption journey but also there can be much pain and confusion.
I am a registered Adoption Counsellor with Barnardo’s (Ofsted Registration number 59923). In December 2010, it was recognised in law that anyone seeking counselling for adoption related issues deserves to see a therapist who has specific training and experience in issues related to adoption.
Although each individual’s experience is unique and important, some difficulties that are common to adoption include…identity…self-worth…fitting in…emotional regulation (particularly anger, anxiety, hypervigilance and depression)…feelings of rejection and shame…not being good enough…grief and loss…maintaining healthy relationships.
Are you struggling to understand your child’s behaviours and how to respond to them? Maybe they’re aggressive, withdrawn, defiant? Maybe they demand all your time, cannot regulate their emotions or maintain friendships? Maybe you’re overwhelmed, stressed, angry, feeling like a bad parent?
Much of my training and experience has been focused on adoption and fostering but any family can experience trauma and disordered attachments due to issues such as learning difficulties, developmental disorders (e.g. ADHD and ASD), divorce, death, illness, poverty, mental health issues, etc. These are often referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
We will work together to understand what your child’s behaviour is communicating (possibly feelings of shame, rejection, fear, hurt, loss), how this impacts you, how to respond and communicate therapeutically. Healing interventions usually start with targeting the biological responses of the brain and nervous system (fight/flight/freeze response) to help the child and family learn and practice emotional regulation. Attachment Focused Family Therapy centres around responding with Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (PACE).
This work is informed by Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) for families living with issues regarding attachment, trauma and ACEs. I am currently training to become a qualified DDP Practitioner.
Fee: £65 per session.