Supporting Children and Young People through counselling/ therapy

How I can help

If you are reading this, you are most-likely concerned about a child's/ young person's emotional wellbeing. It's not easy growing up in the 21st Century- there are targets to meet/ exceed at school; there is peer pressure which doesn't go away at the end of the day- there is no end to the day with 24/7 social media available; there is societal pressure to look a certain way, to dress a certain way, even to 'be' a certain way. It's no wonder that our young people are struggling.

A recent BBC report addressed the harsh reality that our country is 'in the grip of a child mental health crisis' and that 'nearly half a million children are either waiting for treatment or receiving it.' This is shocking, but true. We know that early intervention is key; we also know that the government is falling far-short of providing this early intervention to our children & young people. And so sometimes, as parents/ carers, we need to think outside of the box to find the support that they so desperately need.

Counselling/ therapy can help children & young people to open up about their worries. It can enable them to develop problem-solving strategies, to build resilience, and to appreciate that it's OK not to (always) be OK- so long as they have the tools to cope with feeling this way. Referring your child/ young person for counselling does not mean that you are failing as a parent/ carer; it means the exact opposite. Try as you might, it may be that your children/ young person isn't always completely honest with you about how they feel- often, because they don't want you to worry. They perceive that it's better to let you believe that they're doing just fine, than it is to worry you. Only you know that they are far from 'just fine.'

Why choose me? I have worked as a teacher in a local secondary school, as a teacher and therapeutic intervention worker in an Independent Special School, and as a counsellor in another local school. I have also supported young people who are looked after by the local authority, and I currently volunteer for a local bereavement charity where I provide therapeutic support for children & young people to explore and process their grief. I am also a mum. My wealth of experience, of being alongside children and young people, enables me to connect with them at a deep level. This connection leads to us developing a quality relationship, and it is this relationship which is fundamental to them feeling comfortable to open up, to explore and to grow throughout the counselling process. I want to help your child/ young person to thrive, not just survive.

My workplace is based in central Newton Abbot, making it easy to reach from Exeter, Torquay and other parts of South Devon.