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By Victoria, Feb 12 2020 09:23PM

Good luck to Amelia Field, a year 11 student at Midhurst Rother College, who together with William Chetwynd-Stapylton and a group of young people will be running, walking or cycling 5km every day in February (alongside preparing for their GCSE’s!).


This is to raise money for Young Minds Trust, a charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our young people. To donate please see here. Find out more


If you are a young person reading this and would like to know more about the support available to you through Young Minds.


I am a child psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.



By Victoria, Jan 28 2020 08:04AM

Despite an increase in funding, treatment rates for children and adolescents with mental health problems has not increased. In the UK, from 2018-2019 over a quarter of children and young people were turned away and unable to access support, this included those who had self-harmed and been abused.


Findings show that countrywide it can take up to two months to be seen for an assessment. Mental health support in schools may increase in 2022, but for many this is not soon enough.


Read more about The Education Policy Institute (EPI) Annual Report on access to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) here.


I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Chichester, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.



By Victoria, Jan 11 2020 12:44PM

I am interested in mindfulness and how this approach has shown to improve common conditions such as anxiety and depression. I recently went on an excellent training course run by Ed Halliwell, through Mindfulness Sussex. Adopting a mindful approach can help improve management of thoughts, feelings and behaviours, leading to increased wellbeing. Anyone can practice mindfulness, including children.


I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Chichester, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.



By Victoria, Jul 19 2019 10:24AM

Parenting Support


In addition to direct work with children, young people and families, I offer short-term support and training that is designed for parents, carers, teachers and other professionals.


This support or training can be standalone or take place alongside other therapy/support with a young person or family.


This can take place in schools, my private practice and in other settings.


Please contact me to find out more.



Teaching Support and Training


I offer sessions for whole or small groups of teachers as well as teacher training packages. This can be in any school, not necessarily where I am providing therapeutic support to pupils.


Please contact me to find out more.


I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Chichester, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.



By Victoria, Jul 19 2019 10:21AM

Clinical Psychologist, Masuma Rahim has written an insightful article for the Guardian regarding the failings of the current government in providing enough funding for mental health services for young people. This is despite Theresa May previously calling for mental health to be a priority. Whilst the government set out to provide teachers with more knowledge on child mental health, services to support children in crisis have been cut back to such a point most endure a lengthy wait just to be seen for an initial assessment.


To find out more about psychological support for children and teenagers locally, please contact me here.


I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Chichester, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.



By Victoria, Jul 19 2019 10:20AM

As well as having the beaches and South Downs, this summer there are a lot of activities on locally (many low cost):

https://www.visitchichester.org/events

https://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/wonderful-wednesdays-summer-holiday-activities

https://www.bognor.today/events

http://www.visitlittlehampton.co.uk/whats-on


However, children also like really simple stay-at-home play too, which is excellent for helping them feel calm and happy. This is due to the amazing impact play and bonding has on the frontal cortex and hormonal system.


Some of the more traditional styles of play are the best (and cheapest!). A few ideas to try...


Play-doh: With your child, make low-cost homemade play-doh or salt-doh (which can be cooked and painted), simply combine a cup of flour (any type) and a cup of salt with a small amount of water (add more water/flour to get the preferred consistency). Add oil and food colouring to this mixture to make play-doh that can be kept in the fridge.


Role-play: See if you can engage with your child in role-play, set up a shop for example using items from the kitchen. See if your child could direct their own performance, either acting and singing or using puppets and toys. In my experience, children love to be the director - telling you what character they would like you to be so you can help with their performance. Maybe they could act out their favourite film or book?


Water play: Children love to play around with water, if you don’t have a paddling pool, try filling a bowl up with water in the garden adding water safe toys


Messy play: Using a mat (or in the garden) try a box of Cornflour (under £1.00) mixed with water on a tray - your child may be surprised by the consistency!! Try making up a bowl of jelly and adding toys (such a creepy-crawly’s) or some cold spaghetti with food colouring.


Make a den: With old cushions, blankets, towels and sheets your child can make their own den, this can be a lot of fun either outside or in if it’s wet.


Sock puppets: Usually felt-tip pens work fine on old socks.


A bug hunt: either in the garden, river or rock pools, see what critters can be found!



I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Chichester, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.




By Victoria, May 23 2019 07:49PM

Alongside my therapy practice I also work as a Supervisor; Tutor and Examiner for the Child Diploma in Counselling course at The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (‘IATE’). IATE also offer a variety of other courses and Degrees, including courses for those looking to work with Adults.


I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Arundel, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.



By Victoria, Apr 23 2019 03:02PM

The Royal College of Psychiatrists are urging Psychiatrists to look into social media use when assessing children. In particular to focus on the following areas:-


- Harmful content, especially material which could impact on an existing mental illness, such as self-harm photos or images which promote eating disorders.


- How problematic technology use could be related to problems with sleep, poor academic performance, low mood and behavioural or eating difficulties.


- How conditions such as depression or eating disorders may make children more likely to spend too long online or use technology in a way that is harmful.


You can find out more here


Perhaps you are concerned about your child’s internet use? Are you wondering how you may be able to limit their use or change their internet habits?


If you wish to discuss this further or other issues concerning your child’s mental health, please feel free to contact me.


I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Arundel, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.



By Victoria, Feb 2 2019 03:40PM

MP’s have outlined that only a third of young people are receiving treatment from the NHS for mental health problems.


The current government aims to address this through the proposed 10-year plan, this will include expanding the mental health workforce for children and young people. Read more here


If you wish to discuss this further or other issues concerning the mental health, please feel free to contact me.


I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Arundel, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.



By Victoria, Oct 8 2018 09:29PM



The 10th of October is World Mental Health Day, this year the focus is on young people and mental health in a changing world.


It’s good to see that mental health is becoming a topic more widely discussed in the media. As terms such as 'Mental Health’ and ‘Mental Health Problems' are becoming more widely used it may be helpful to keep in mind what positive mental health means. Having good mental health will include a persons capacity to accomplish key actions including:-


- Learning

- Feeling, expressing and managing a range of positive and negative emotions

- Forming and maintaining good relationships with others

- Coping with and managing change and uncertainty

Looking at these functions, it is clear to see why mental health practitioners such as Counsellors and Psychotherapists working in learning environments such as schools and colleges are key. We know that mental health difficulties directly impact on our capacity to take in new information and engage with others, consequently young people with mental health difficulties will likely have significant challenges meeting their academic potential along with problems making and sustaining relationships. This has an enormous impact on self-esteem and how a young person is likely to view themselves and their future.


For anyone wishing to learn more about mental health difficulties, the Mental Health Foundation is offering a series of downloadable publications free through their website, an example of the topics covered are:- understanding mental health, self harm and reducing stress and anxiety.


I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Arundel, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.



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