|I am a trained counsellor with a certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling and a trained bereavement counsellor.
I am also trained in general nursing with an R.G.N. qualification and psychiatric nursing with an R.M.N qualification.
I have an enhanced disclosure C.R.B. check
I have been working with children and their parents for the last ten years.
I am particularly successful dealing with bullying,children suffering from the effects of parental separation and those who lack self esteem.
I work with children from 4 to 18.
I am the mother of a boy and a girl who have both safely passed through their teenage years and are now young adults
I would describe myself as a humorous personality and I find humour a very useful tool when working with young people.
I also give french tuition. I find that students often struggle with languages because they lack confidence.Having been helped to believe in themselves and to feel more confident, my pupils have so far all achieved an "A" grade or equivalent.
My practice is in Sevenoaks, within a few minutes walk of Sevenoaks Station. I am very flexible and offer sessions at weekends and in the evening. I can help clients from further away by telephone.
I also run workshops for parents on listening and communication skills. Especially aimed at dealing with tricky teenagers! The current one is based on "The Transition To Secondary School." For details ring 07850 108 950 or email [email protected]
Sadly these days many children are bullied at school and parents often find it difficult to know how to respond. I help parents and children individually and also through my Bullying Support Group in which parents can help each other.
I also give talks to schools on issues such as puberty, body image, self esteem, eating disorders and bullying
How is my approach different from other counsellors?
As well as seeing your child I also equip you with strategies to support him or her between sessions, which can soon become a way of life. Accordingly, in the past I have found that, rather than needing numerous costly sessions, families have been able to eliminate long-standing problems after just a few sessions with me.
How long will it take to see a difference?
A typical assignment can be as short as three or four sessions. Occasionally, just one session is enough but obviously more deep seated problems can take a lot longer.
Is my child too young for counselling?
Whilst it is often said that young children are too young for counselling, I use a range of approaches to enable me to help even very young children to express themselves, such as drawing, visualisation, and role play. It is often only necessary to listen to a child and work with what he draws to quickly find the root of his troubles. I work successfully with children from aged 4 upwards.