Information for young people
Why counselling
It can often feel as though things are too difficult and beyond your control, and there can be many different reasons why you find yourself struggling. It can also be hard to talk to others about your difficulties, as you might worry about causing upset. Or you might worry that you won't be understood.  Often young people also blame themselves for their problems, which can make it harder to seek help.
As a child and adolescent psychotherapist, I offer a safe, confidential space where you can bring up whatever matters to you, in your own way and in your own time. I am not there to judge you. I am there to help you to find ways of making sense of what is going on for you and why you might be feeling the way you do. Many young people find this a helpful and effective way of gaining understanding about their own experiences. This can then help them to feel better about themselves and in their relationships with others, and to develop new ways to express themselves and to cope with difficulties.
 
How it works
I start with an initial consultation, which could be with you only if you're 16 or older and prefer to attend on your own - it's your choice. If you are younger than 16, I would normally have the initial consultation with your parents/carers.
 
Following this, there would be up to four further assessment sessions just with you. This would give you the opportunity to talk about your concerns and your situation. It would also help you and me to work out whether my therapy services would be suitable for you at this point.  If we think it is, we would arrange a suitable time for you to come to see me once a week for your counselling sessions. Assessments and counselling sessions each last 50 minutes. 
 
You could have short-term therapy, lasting between 6 and 20 weeks; or you might benefit from coming to see me on a more open-ended basis, with no fixed date to finish. This would depend on your needs.