Adv. Dip. Couns., MBACP (Accred), NNEB.
since I started to
train as a Counsellor I have taken a special interest in counselling
young people. Partly this is because of my previous experience in
running a nursery school and also through being a mother myself.
Consequently I have had considerable experience of counselling with
young people aged 8 and above.
Whilst training to be a Counsellor I worked for the Youth Counselling
Service. Through this I counselled young men and women for the N.H.S.
in local G.P. practices in Surrey and Hampshire. I currently provide
Youth Counselling for the YMCA in Guildford and have previously
counselled students at Farnborough Sixth Form College.
brought to Counselling sessions include low self esteem and depression,
image, relationship problems, anger, bullying, sexuality, motivation
and eating problems. Approaching Exams can add to the pressure. Often
fear of failure fuelled by high expectation (or a perception of high
expectation) by parents and teachers can merge with other issues into
overwhelming feelings of inadequacy. This can lead to Panic attacks and
When added to puberty, peer pressure and social pressures with problems
in fitting in, difficulties often arise. Unfortunately parents are
unlikely to be who they turn to. A young person may be unable to talk
to their friends for fear of burdening them. There is a tendency in
life to see others as coping brilliantly and to make critical
judgements of yourself. This can further fuel self doubts. Someone
unconnected with home or school can help to see these issues more
I hold a current CRB Enhanced Disclosure certificate. I can work with
children and young people from the age of 8 upwards.
I offer concessionary rates for under 24's - please contact me either
by e-mail or phone for further details.
I have experience
counselling students in Colleges and Residential Schools
including students on the Autistic Spectrum. I have had significant
experience with Students with Aspergers Syndrome.