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In light of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) I will be operating a remote therapy service in addition to the usual service, so that children and young people can still have access to therapy during this difficult time.  This is particularly important due to raised levels of anxiety and uncertainty.  If you are an adult who is concerned about your child  I am offering telephone sessions as a means of support. To discuss this further, please get in touch either by email: victoria@victoriaclancy.co.uk or by telephone: 07867 433 558.

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

By Victoria, Mar 22 2020 09:18PM

This is a very challenging time for all and we need to help children manage without their daily life without school as best as possible. There are some really useful resources available such as Kids Activities this BBC article also explains more about the need for routine, exercise, fresh air and how to manage exam fears.


Please note that during this time I will be operating a remote therapy service in addition to the usual service I offer, so that children and young people can still have access to therapy during this difficult time. This is particularly important due to raised levels of anxiety and uncertainty.


If you are an adult who is concerned about your child I am offering telephone sessions as a means of support.


To discuss this further, please get in touch either by email: victoria@victoriaclancy.co.uk or by telephone: 07867 433 558.


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, Mar 22 2020 09:15PM

I hope you are keeping safe and well, if you are looking for ways to explain the Coronavirus to children, this information may be useful:-


https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-kids-guide.html


Please make sure you read it first yourself and check that you feel that it will be helpful and that it will not increase levels of alarm and distress.


Please note that during this time I will be operating a remote therapy service in addition to the usual service I offer, so that children and young people can still have access to therapy during this difficult time. This is particularly important due to raised levels of anxiety and uncertainty.


If you are an adult who is concerned about your child I am offering telephone sessions as a means of support.


To discuss this further, please get in touch either by email: victoria@victoriaclancy.co.uk or by telephone: 07867 433 558.


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, Mar 22 2020 09:12PM

Helping children with managing the uncertainty of what is going on is really important. Unfortunately in life there are many things that are uncertain and as humans we usually look for patterns, predictable experiences and concrete answers. Without these we can all feel lost and this can be especially overwhelming for children.


We can talk to children in helpful ways about this by explaining that it’s important to share the worry of the uncertainty and we can help to emotionally hold this for children so they don’t have to manage it alone.


It may be useful to direct their thoughts into positive times ahead, using art and creativity they may wish to make a drawing, list, mood board, Pintrest etc of things they are looking forward to. This may help to create a focus and sooth some of the uncertainty.


Please note that during this time I will be operating a remote therapy service in addition to the usual service I offer, so that children and young people can still have access to therapy during this difficult time. This is particularly important due to raised levels of anxiety and uncertainty.


If you are an adult who is concerned about your child I am offering telephone sessions as a means of support.


To discuss this further, please get in touch either by email: victoria@victoriaclancy.co.uk or by telephone: 07867 433 558.


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, Mar 19 2020 04:17PM

In light of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) I will be operating a remote therapy service so that children and young people can still have access to therapy during this difficult time. This is particularly important due to raised levels of anxiety and uncertainty.


If you are an adult who is concerned about your child I am offering telephone sessions as a means of support.


To discuss this further, please get in touch either by email: victoria@victoriaclancy.co.uk or by telephone: 07867 433 558.




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.




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