From the age of 15 I have been working with children and young people. I have worked in a nursery, primary schools and a high school.
I spent several years as a Teaching Assistant, often working 1:1 with children with varying levels of need. During this time I did an NVQ level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development , followed by a foundation degree in Children's Care, Learning and Development.
After this I continued in my role as a teaching assistant and started working within the schools nurture group. I fell in love with the nurture work and the difference that made to children. After realising this passion, I studied in London at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, completing a Certificate in Counselling Skills with Children Using the Arts. I continued this training and qualified with a Diploma in Child Counselling using the Arts.
For a number of years, especially during this final part of my training, I have undergone my own personal therapy. This is crucial for my continuing supervision to help with the work I do but also because I have experienced myself the power of counselling and the positive impact it has.
I have regular clinical and peer supervision to ensure I am doing the best work I can be. In addition to this I take part in CPD as often as I can.
When I finished my diploma, I saw that there was very little in the way of counselling for children in my area, so I decided to set up my own business. With the help of my sister we came up with some names and a logo. This is how Suffolk Child Counselling was born.
Suffolk Child Counselling is a creative counselling service for children and young people aged 4-18. This is. a safe space for them to bring their big feelings and to share what has been happening in their lives. I help them to work through this in creative ways instead of just talking.
At present, I do this both as private practice from my therapy room at home and in schools locally. I work in both Primary and secondary schools across Suffolk and Norfolk.
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