MY WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
I have extensive experience of counselling children and young people. In the past I have set up a school Bereavement Service and a Therapy Service at Women’s Aid, for Children who had witnessed Domestic Abuse. For the past 8 years I have worked as a Child and Young Persons Counsellor in Primary and Secondary Schools.
I provide a safe space for Children and Young People to clarify and gain cognitive understanding of events and issues that may be causing them anxiety and emotional disturbance. I encourage them to find resilience by helping them to come to terms with their feelings and to find coping mechanisms through carthartic release, role play and rehearsal of challenging situations.
In the first instance I work to build a relationship based on trust and mutual respect. I provide a safe and confidential environment where children and young people can feel comfortable and at ease.
I draw on a range of models of psychotherapy and Art, Drama and Play Therapy. My practice is further informed by theories of Childhood Development. I encourage children to work with symbolism, stories and metaphor which are once removed from painful feelings.
I use puppets, toy animals, small world figures, a range of therapeutic toys and a variety of art and craft materials including clay and paint. I invite children and young people to use a Sand Tray. Over the years I have witnessed how powerful this can be as a tool to help them work through difficult situations and relationships and to overcome obstacles and personal challenges.
I have supported children with a wide range of issues. These include -: