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Welcome to Victoria's blog - Here I'll post articles and thoughts you may find useful.

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.



By Victoria, Oct 8 2018 09:23PM

The NSPCC has been highlighting the issue of loneliness in young people. Childline has reported increased calls of this nature and it is important that we understand how significant long-term loneliness can be in children (and all generations). Unfortunately loneliness often impacts our behaviour by increasing our feelings of withdrawal and reducing our confidence to socialise, therefore providing a vicious cycle that can be difficult to change. Loneliness can happen at any time, even if someone is very busy and surrounded by people. It can happen at any time of year, not just during the winter. Talking to your child about their feelings, engaging with them in activities that they have chosen (even if this doesn’t involve socialising) and accompanying them to social events (if they wish) will be be really helpful in raising their confidence and easing their feelings of being alone.


If you are a child reading this and wish to speak to a kind person about your feelings, but you are not sure who, then you can call 0800 1111 or go to the Childline website.


For older teenagers and adults, the Samaritans are also a helpful point of contact during periods of loneliness, you can call them on 116 123 or go to the Samaritans website


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, Jun 25 2018 10:22PM


What is GDPR?


General Data Protection Regulation ‘GDPR’ came into effect across the European Union (EU) on May 25, 2018.

GDPR is a legal framework that sets out guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the EU.


How Does this Impact on Psychotherapy with Vicky in Private Practice?


Any therapy undertaken by Vicky will remain strictly confidential. If you wish to use Vicky’s therapy service she will request your contact information and may take confidential notes as necessary and as per the ethical standards of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (‘UKCP’) to which Vicky is registered. These notes may be retained for a period of time after the therapy ends.

In terms of GDPR this is referred to as 'processing personal data’, this data remains completely confidential, as it always has done, unless:-


1. There is a child protection concern.


2. The child is at serious risk to themselves, or others.


3. Victoria Clancy Psychotherapy is asked to do so by a court of law.


4. Victoria Clancy Psychotherapy may need to sensitively share a general overview of the therapy with other agencies if they are involved with the young person or have made the referral for Psychotherapy, such as in the context of Schools or Children’s Social Care, for example.


5. Vicky is a member of the UKCP and is ethically required to attend professional supervision for case discussion.


As before, Vicky will be able to provide a general overview of the therapy to the parent/s or carer/s when helpful for the client to do so.



Who is the Data Controller for Victoria Clancy Psychotherapy?


Under the new guidelines, Vicky is the Data Controller and Data Processor for Victoria Clancy Psychotherapy.


In accordance with this, Vicky is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’). The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights and privacy in the public interest. Vicky’s membership number for the ICO is: ZA347065.


As before, you or your child/other family members have the rights to withdraw consent at any point of the therapy, complaints regarding data processing need to be made to the ICO, which is a separate complaints system to the UKCP.


Victoria Clancy Psychotherapy has a Privacy Statement that you can request to see at any time.


How Does this Impact on Psychotherapy with Vicky in School-Based Practice or Therapy in Other Settings?


If Vicky sees your child through another arrangement, such as in a School or other setting, the statements above will stand, however there may be other areas of the GDPR that will apply, such as the possible sharing of some data with other professionals, Vicky will explain this to you prior to the commencement of therapy.


If you wish to discuss any of the above in more detail, please feel free to contact Vicky.



By Victoria, Jun 18 2018 12:54PM

Lucy Dimbylow has written for The Metro with some ideas about what not to say to young people who are struggling with their mental health. Lucy has some ideas on what would work better, which include taking an empathic stance together with naming what is going on and offering yourself as a container for your child's distress.


Some of the responses Lucy critiques are those that are made by a parent who probably cares very much, but is finding it hard to know how to attune to their child’s worries (possibly because of their own stress/fears) and is likely doing the best that they can, even if it isn’t having the desired impact. I believe we all do our best within our families and in addition to working directly with young people, I offer non-judemental, supportive parenting consultations where we can talk through your child’s difficulties and think about ways you can help them. I work in private practice and in schools in and around Sussex.


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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