I am an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (MA), registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am also a member of the The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE).
At the centre of my work is the development of a trusting therapeutic relationship with the child or adolescent, based on empathy, acceptance and curiosity. I have a highly creative and vibrant relationship with imagination, play and the arts and understand the importance of warmth and humour when working with children. My integrative practice draws upon psychodynamic, attachment theory, object relations, humanistic models and neuroscience. I have found that these elements help me consider a child’s emotional distress in a holistic way and support the therapeutic process, helping my clients to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a safe and contained way.
In addition to my private practice I work as a therapist for a charitable organisation and have worked with children and young people from different cultures and backgrounds across various school settings, both primary and secondary. I have also had first hand experience of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHs) within the NHS.
I am a published author and illustrator of over twenty children’s books that have been translated into eleven other languages. This experience has given me a deep understanding of the power of metaphor and symbolism told through stories and image. I too have a background in facilitating creative workshops for groups of both children and adults. This role has taught me about holding space with sensitivity and care, enabling others to connect with playfulness, spontaneity, vitality and ultimately their feelings and experiences in a safe way.
I have solid experience of working with a variety of presenting issues and emotional distress. Including clients with Special Educational Needs (SEN) specifically children on the Autistic Spectrum (ASC), pre-bereavement issues, grief, anxiety, depression, family breakdown, domestic violence and clients/families whom have been on a Child Protection Plan (CP) and/or Child in Need plans (CIN).