My core counselling approach is person-centred. This approach has at its heart a basic trust that human beings have a natural tendency towards growth and healing, given the right conditions.
My job is to create an environment where my clients feel safe and free enough for this to happen.
I adapt my approach to suit each individual client. But, for instance, it is likely that younger children are naturally drawn to a therapeutic play approach, whilst older children and teenagers might dip in and out of creative work and a more traditional talking therapy.
I also offer attachment-focussed parent child work, which draws on the principles of DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) and focusses on healing through nurturing the relationship between parents/carers and their children.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes, once a week. I offer short-term - 6 to 12 sessions, and long-term open-ended therapy.
How long we work together is something we would think about together when we first meet, and regularly review as our work together develops. In my work with children and young people, parent/s and carer/s would - of course - play an important part in these collaborative discussions.
On Fridays I offer sessions from Mary Carpenter House, on the beautiful Kingswood Foundation Estate in Bristol. The therapy rooms are easily accessed from Bristol, Bath and surrounding areas, and there is plenty of free parking on site. - as well as a waiting area and cafe for parents. I am sometimes also able to offer sessions in school (if child and school are amenable!).