My experience includes working for West Sussex County Council in a family support role, running domestic abuse groups for children (designed by the NSPCC), parenting support groups and individual sessions, education and assessment. I have facilitated groups such as Building Foundations, a countrywide parenting programme. I am trained in the Solihull Approach, Mellow Parenting and Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) methods.
I work alongside a variety of professionals including those in education, health and social care. Parenting or working with a child or young person with emotional problems can be very challenging. In my experience, often the most optimal outcomes have occurred when professionals and parents have been involved and worked as a team. I pride myself in my alliances with those I work with.
I am aware of the current processes and frameworks in school for children who have additional emotional and health needs, such as Educational Health Care Plans.
I have provided evidence to court in a professional capacity and I have knowledge of legislation for child safeguarding.
How would we know whether to make a referral?
Outward signs of someone who may benefit from psychotherapy could include the following: behaviour which is angry, loud, aggressive, obsessive, hyperactive or withdrawn, intense and tearful. Sleep and food intake may be problematic. Behaviour may be harmful towards self or others, or the person may be acting differently to how they are usually.
If you are close to the person, such as a professional working with them, you may have noticed something you consider to be difficult to manage, strange or out of the norm. You may be concerned that they are getting into trouble, engaging in particular behaviours or becoming withdrawn. They may be spending long periods of time on one thing and be preoccupied. Their health, including mental health may have deteriorated.
Psychotherapy, counselling, art and play therapy may be useful for someone who has a relatively straightforward problem or who needs extra support.
Additionally there may be more complex, deep rooted or multiple issues, which can be worked through in psychotherapy.
I am experienced in working with children, adolescents and families, and skilled in knowing how to listen and respond. I can advise on an approach based on the individual circumstances.
Are the sessions confidential?
Yes, they are. However, when working with children it can be helpful for all involved if parents/carers and professionals are given a general overview, whilst ensuring the client's confidentiality. Client safety and confidentiality is always a priority. I have a duty to report any safeguarding concerns in line with current Child Protection procedures.
Please contact me to find out more.
What services are offered?
In addition to child psychotherapy, the service includes support and training sessions for professionals, please see Support and Training. As the nature of this work is usually bespoke, please contact me for more details.