I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with over 14 years experience of working therapeutically with children, young people and families. My experience comes from working in NHS CAMHS services, local authority teams, charities, state and independent schools and with private clients.
I am an approachable and creative therapist and aim to create a safe space where complex feelings can be understood, even with the most reluctant children and young people.
I am experienced in treating a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems and can provide additional support such as consultation and assessments in addition to brief, medium and long-term therapy. I offer individual child sessions, parent support and family therapy. Throughout my career I have offered teaching, training and consultation to a wide range of professionals.
My Training and Research
I trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and am accredited with the Association of Child Psychotherapists, the professional body for child therapists in the UK. The doctoral training is in-depth, rigorous and takes a minimum of six years.
I have a special interest in adoption and have undertaken research about supervised contact for children in care. I am a therapist registered with a number of local authorities and provide therapy through the Post Adoption Fund. My therapeutic approach is influenced by child development research, psychoanalysis and attachment theory. I am also trained in offering Story Stem Assessment and Children’s Accelerated Trauma Therapy.
Qualifications and Accreditation
Bsc Hons – Social Psychology
PgDip – Psychotherapy Studies
MA – Psychoanalytic Observational Studies
MPsychPsych – Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
ACP – Full member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists
Children and Teenagers
I offer individual psychotherapy for children, teenagers and young adults up to 25 years old. For younger children I often use toys and creative materials. I am also trained in Children's Accelerated Trauma Therapy (CATT), which is similar to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) but designed for children.
Parents and carers
I can support parents by offering sessions where together we think about your child and how best to support them through any difficulties they might be experiencing. I also offer family sessions to understand communication in the family and strengthen relationships.
I offer child psychotherapy and parent support, family sessions, life story work and Story Stem Assessments. My approach is relational and informed by attachment theory as well as developmental approaches and psychoanalytic theory.
I offer support that is tailored to the needs of a school such as therapeutic groups, consultation to staff, classroom observations, training, assessments and consultation to support an EHCP.
I provide supervision to social workers, reflective practice groups, direct assessment and intervention with Looked After Children and foster carers.
What kind of therapy do you offer?
I specialise in working with children and adolescents to help them understand the underlying problem causing symptoms. In my experience this provides more long lasting relief from difficulties.
How much will it cost?
Fees vary depending on the type of work required and location. Feel free to contact me and we can discuss your requirements.
Where do you work?
I work in inviting, child-centred therapy rooms based in Denmark Hill and Crystal Palace.
What ages do you work with?
I work with very young children under five, through to young adults up to 25 years old. I also offer parent sessions.
Do you only work with severe difficulties?
Although my NHS training and experience has equipped me for working with serious mental health problems, I also work with mild and moderate emotional difficulties. Almost everyone can benefit from seeing a psychotherapist to help them understand themselves better.
Do you offer after school and evening appointments?
What if my child refuses to see a therapist?
I offer parent support sessions which can be beneficial in tackling the difficulties, and offers a space to think together about the problem your child is facing and how best to support them.
Children can be reluctant at first but once they have experienced the initial session they are usually relaxed and willing to continue.
How will I know if you are the right therapist for my child?
I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss the issues and to consider whether it might be worthwhile meeting for an initial introductory session. Following this I offer three further assessment sessions and a review to think together whether it would be helpful to continue.
Please feel free to contact me with any further questions which I would be happy to answer.
I offer a free initial 15 minute phone consultation if you would like to discuss your needs before we meet for the first time.
Please contact me using the form below and I will respond to you as soon as possible.