I am a qualified Child and Family Mental Wellbeing Practitioner with extensive experience of working with children aged 4 to 13 who are struggling with a range of emotional and behavioural problems. I offer both one to one sessions with children and whole family support in and around the Oxfordshire town of Thame.
My work with children uses techniques from counselling, play and art therapy, CBT, trauma based approaches and mindfulness for children. I view each child as an individual and carefully consider what approach, or what combination of approaches would work best for each child.
I have been trained in and favour a multi-disciplinary approach including psychological theories, neuroscience, attachment, mental health, developmental science, family therapy, education and social work to understand and work with the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and families.
For the last five years I have worked in primary schools in and around Thame. Prior to that I worked in Pastoral Support in secondary schools and am also a qualified secondary school teacher specialising in Personal, Social and Health Education where my interest in children's social and emotional wellbeing began. My approach is kind and non-judgemental with an emphasis on getting to know you and your child.
I continually strive to improve my knowledge and understanding of mental health, child development and therapeutic work with children and families attending continuing professional development training on a regular basis as well as planning for long term continued future study.
Post Graduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Wellbeing: Multi Disciplinary Practice - Tavistock and Portman NHS Clinic
Foundation Level Systemic Practice (Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice UK)
MA Childhood Studies - Oxford Brookes University
PGCE Secondary Education 2004 - Christ Church University, Canterbury
Certificate in Counselling Children - Amersham College, Buckinghamshire