Children & Young People

I am an experienced counsellor qualified to work with children (5 years+) young people and their families.

​Dragonfly Counselling & Psychotherapy is dedicated to supporting children and young people through mental health and emotional difficulties they are facing. With therapy and support young people will better understand themselves and their needs, enabling them to emotional understanding, building their resilience with a range of coping strategies and mindfulness.

What I can help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Eating Disorder
  • Self harm
  • Depression
  • Low self-worth or self-esteem
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Disassociation 
  • Relationships
  • Substance misuse
  • Mental health needs
  • Loss
  • Work

Children and Young peoples sessions are weekly and last up to 50 minutes. The session will be age appropriate and tailored to the child’s individual needs on a one-to-one basis.

Children 5-11 years)

I help children manage “big” feelings through therapeutic play approach where younger children can be creative in expressing what’s going on for them. Therapeutic play is listening to a child through play, this encourages a child to explore their own world and feelings in a safe environment. These sessions can be delivered therapeutically from my Sutton Harbour therapeutic room or in the child’s school.

A mixture of Mindfulness, Sandtray and art materials such as plasticine, and paint allow children to express feelings safely at a sensory level. Therapeutic play with puppets and small world toys encourages children to create their story to help them make sense of difficult emotions.

Young Adults

An age appropriate and creative therapeutic approach to counselling for young adults as they move towards adulthood. These sessions are held in my therapeutic room based on Sutton Harbour.

Dragonfly Counselling & Psychotherapy offers a safe space to reflect, if your child is struggling with ‘big’ feelings, pressures from school, home or peers. Some young people find communication difficult, therefore being able to work creatively can be extremely helpful.

Supporting Parents

Children can feel overwhelmed with ‘big’ feelings, leaving the child or young person to respond in the “flight, flight or freeze” response, these big feelings therefore leave a child feeling “out of control”. A parent seeing their child struggling with upsetting or ‘bad’ behaviour. I am here to support you and your family to help understand these feelings but also to help with strategies using a varied theoretical models, to help your child to fully understand themselves but to also feel more in control.

You do not have to go through this alone, get in touch today.

Online Therapy

I provide counselling and psychotherapy via secure video conferencing to your home. The only things you need are a private space, a good internet connection and a device. This can work well as parents can relax at home while the young person can have a counselling session in the safety of their home.

Online therapy has gained popularity over the past few years and can be beneficial in many ways:

  • You can have therapy anywhere that is comfortable and convenient for your family
  • You have a greater choice of therapists than if you were restricted by location
  • Having fewer visual distractions often encourages focus and concentration
  • You may find that you are more comfortable online or that it is easier to talk
  • You can choose a therapist outside of your local or professional community
  • I am able to provide continuous support even when one of us is travelling
  • I can be more flexible with scheduling than I can for my practice in person

Research consistently shows that online therapy is as effective as in person therapy. I regularly use video conferencing for clinical supervision and to meet with my own therapist. I enjoy the flexibility of location and scheduling, the comfort of my own private environment and being able to make a hot chocolate, some paper, pens and other arts and crafts.

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