Therapy for Young People "In order to think things through, children need to play things through" Jean Piaget
Young people can particularly struggle with their thoughts, feelings and emotions for all kinds of reasons. Often they do not know what to do, how to manage or able to express what is going on for them. They feel unable to find the words or communicate with their loved ones exactly how they are doing and can become withdrawn, angry and frustrated.
Therapy can offer a young person an opportunity to explore these thoughts and feelings in a safe and often fun environment. I am passionate that therapy doesn't have to feel heavy or always be serious. Often young people disengage from therapy for those very reasons. Therapy can be fun, creative and enlightening without feeling difficult, too challenging or awkward. In a safe and confidential space I offer young people the opportunity to be themselves, explore how they are feeling, consider what they need to achieve their goals and to work towards a more positive outlook for the future. Therapy may include painting, writing, constructing, gluing, sticking, sand play or dough to name just a few!
As a counsellor I have worked with children and adolescents in both private practice and as a school counsellor with The Children's Society. I have over 20 years experience of working with children in both pre-school and secondary school settings as well as working in social care as both a foster carer and support worker for children between the ages of 0 and 18 years. I also currently work as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor for students at a number of universities across the country.