Your therapist role:
I work in a primary school setting, supporting children with emotional and behavioural issues. Supporting parents/carers/families of the children I work with – this may include working therapeutically or offering strategies that can be used at home to help support the child.
Liaising with and offering a provision to staff in schools in helping them with mental health awareness and their own perceptions and feelings of this. A go-to for staff to approach me with concerns about a child – this is then dealt with by the school safeguarding team and referred on to me for one-to-one therapeutic support.
My role also requires me to liaise with other professionals and attend multidisciplinary meetings for a child’s wellbeing. This may be due to the child being adopted or fostered (LAC) or from having being placed on either the child protection (CP) or child in need (CIN) register.
Alongside this, I also work with adults on a one to one basis.
I am a fully qualified counsellor (Bachelor of Arts in Counselling Studies) with a further diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I work with children as young as 4 years old using play and creative therapy – after completing further training in safeguarding and working therapeutically with children and young people. I have previously worked as a tutor/facilitator on a Counselling degree course, writing, developing and delivering modules for level 4 students after completing a certificate in Education and Training.
Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Likes & Dislikes:
- Attachment – awareness and understanding
- Self – esteem and assertiveness work/training
- Supporting ‘at risk’ children
- Trauma work
- Transactional Analysis’ – Parent, Adult, Child (PAC) model
- Promoting open confidentiality – without it important or key information can get missed.
- Children being labelled naughty without having an understanding of that child’s needs or experiences.