Counselling is a ‘talking therapy’, it gives the opportunity to explore ones thoughts and feelings in a confidential and safe place. We can all face difficulties at times in our lives, talking with a counselor in a non-judgmental place will help you manage and deal with these difficult to manage feelings.
The way I work is based upon an integrative approach that I tailor to suit the specific needs of the young person I am working with. I incorporate Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural, and Psychodynamic theory into Clarkson’s working model. I believe in the importance of developing a good therapeutic relationship, I use my experience and knowledge to support children, young people and their families in a process of exploration, change and growth, reducing distress and difficult to manage feelings.
As children can sometimes find it hard to put feelings into words, I also use creative strategies such as art, clay and sand tray within therapy. This can help children express themselves fully and can be adapted to suit different developmental levels. Whilst some young people find the arts particularly helpful in exploring their concerns, others may feel more comfortable with just talking, either way, m y aim is to build up a trusting relationship that supports young people in exploring their feelings, life and problems, so that they become easier to understand.