I have worked therapeutically with children and young people for over 15 years allowing them the opportunity to explore a range of difficulties including bereavement, anger and identity issues, relationships, school avoidance, peer difficulties, bullying.
I have been employed as a counsellor for children and young people where serious illness and bereavement have touched their lives for a number of years and I believe that children and young people can be supported to manage great trauma through a variety of creative therapeutic approaches.
I have completed various courses and training in counselling children and young people including training provided by Place2Be, a national children and young people's counselling charity.
Talking therapy is just one of the ways that I may work with a child or young person and I work in creative ways dependent upon the age and development of the child or young person.
Children commonly communicate and express themselves through play so my approach will incorporate art, games, creative activities and imaginary play as well as talking.
Teenagers and young people
When working with teenagers and young people, talking will be a greater part of a session although creative activities may also be useful according to the needs of the young person.
Young people often find that the opportunity to meet with a counsellor who is outside of their peer group, family system or school community is very beneficial. The range of issues that young people wish to address through counselling include: