I am a specialist child, adolescent and parent counsellor. My approach is responsive to individual needs and preferences using talk, play and arts-based approaches. Alongside my private practice, I work in schools with significant experience in both primary and secondary settings.
I have a special interest in therapeutic parent-work and offer a range of coaching and counselling services in this area. I believe supporting parents and the parent-child relationship can be one of the most effective ways of easing distress in children and young people.
My counselling approach is integrative: which means I draw on a range of theories, relational: which means I view the collaborative therapeutic relationship as central to the process, and pluralistic: which means I am responsive to the unique needs and preferences of each client.
Building on a previous career in consumer psychology and research, I am a committed practitioner-researcher, interested in contributing to the evolving conversation and knowledge surrounding child and adolescent emotional development and counselling practice. I serve as a peer reviewer for academic journals and conduct my own research, both independently and in collaboration with other institutions. Current research interests include: therapeutic parent work, the emotional impacts of learning difficulties and neurodiversity, managing transitions and supporting teachers in responding to children's emotional needs.