1:1 Therapy

I offer face to face & Online therapy for people from the ages of 4 years upwards, I tailor my approach dependant on the clients needs. I work from a private therapy space in WF3 but am also available to come into schools or places of work/business to hold sessions.

Counselling – Adults/YP Talking therapies involve talking to someone who is trained to help you deal with your negative feelings. They can help anyone who is experiencing difficulties to identify issues that cause emotional distress. It can help build the client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on their present feelings, relationships and behaviours.

Play/creative therapies are helpful to children and young people who find it hard to verbalise their distress. But these therapies can also be effective at time for adults as using creative methods can help to stimulate a different part of the brain and help to explore issues from a different perspective.

Walk and talk therapy is an alternative to working with me in the traditional therapy room setting, which for some people can feel too intense. It is useful for anyone who suffers with difficultties such as depression & social anxiety or people who are Neurodiverse. Being outdoors and exercising can help the therapeutic process by boosting mental health, improving mood, and helping to reduce stress levels. We would choose a setting where confidentiality could be maintained and boundaries would be clarified in advance, e.g what we would do if the weather was bad.

Autplay Therapy is a therapy for neurodiverse CYP that involves the parents as much as the children, we see the parents as co changers along with the therapist. It is a staged approach using a range of non-directive play techniques and then as the therapy progresses more directive techniques. Throughout the whole process the parent/carer is also taught the play technique, to reinforce the work in the therapy room but to also continue to support building stronger relationships with the child. This therapy can be used with children with communication/verbal difficulties also.

Neurodiversity and ADHD pre screenings

My emerging specialty is with ASD/ADHD and other neurodiverse, I have over 40 hours of additional training in understanding ASD/ADHD through the university of Derby, through Aspire Consultancy and Training, Autplay therapy training and various other CPD events. I currently attend monthly a cpd/supervision 4 hour session specifically around ASD/ADHD.

It is a passion of mine from working with the most amazing kids in schools who have not always been diagnosed and are struggling with self-esteem issues as they are struggling to function in lessons and don’t know why, to workig with amazing ND adults.

Within my own family I have been through the process of trying to access support for my child, to have someone to listen to me when I knew there was something within my child that he was struggling with and not being met with the help I needed. Often parents feel judged and dismissed and don’t know which way to turn. I knew the system and the processes and still found it difficult and a battle to get my son the diagnosis he needed. I’m happy to say eventually we did and the doors this has opened in getting him the right support has been invaluable. This is why I make it my mission to not just offer therapy but to also offer families advice to guide them from recognising traits in their child, helping them to know what to do and say in conversations with schools, to accessing support through GP’s and if you live in the Leeds areas through the Clusters.


I can offer ADHD Pre screenings for CYP and adults which involve taking full developmental history, completing The QB check Test, screening tools with yourself or for CYP with parents, liaising with schools (if they allow it) for them to complete screeners and to maybe observe the child in class. I would then offer a 1hour30min interview with yourself or child. I compile all the evidence into a report for you to either take to your GP or again in the Leeds area to self-refer to Mind mate SPA.
What is the QbTest? The QbTest is an objective testing system that simultaneously measures attention, impulsivity and motor activity, key indicators in helping formulate a diagnosis of ADHD. The results obtained by the test may be used to help form a better understanding of any cognitive and behavioural difficulties. If indicative of ADHD, we will discuss where you would like the results sending. The QbTest is not a diagnosis; it is a sophisticated screening tool which is used to support a diagnosis. Only a doctor can diagnose. The QbTest is recognised by health professionals and is used to give the consultants greater confidence when diagnosing as it is very accurate. In order to receive a diagnosis, you or your child would still require going on the NHS ADHD pathway or be referred to a private consultant. While the QbTest is a fantastic tool which greatly assists in the diagnosis process, we cannot guarantee that it will speed up you or your child’s progression on the ADHD pathway.
Interview and results discussion – At the appointment we will complete additional questionnaires, and the results of the QbTest will also be discussed.

 

Online Therapy

During the recent Covid 19 situation the need for online therapy has become even more needed and used. Some clients have found they prefer online therapy and choose to stay with this platform even when face to face therapy is allowed again.

Whilst it is very different from face to face therapy it can still be very effective.

Group Therapy

I have vast experience of offering group therapy within school settings for children affected by anxiety, domestic abuse and other issues. I can offer to come into schools and work with any age group and run groups that are specific to that schools needs. I can also run groups within community settings and am looking to build up some network with other agencies. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss organising a group and what the costs associated would be.

Supervision

I am fully qualified Supervisor completing a PG Cert Level 7 Supervision course through Salford Univiersity. I can offer supervision to qualified & student Counsellors & Therapist, to pastoral staff within schools and also group supervision. I am happy to work online or face to face.

I also attend regular supervision myself as required by the BACP, this is to discuss cases (which remain anonymous to protect the clients confidentiality) to ensure I am working ethically and in the right way. As well as attending a monthly 3.5hrs autism supervision and cpd group run by Aspire Consultancy.

Fees

Initial assessment £60 (90mins)
Face to face Sessional fee – £45 (50mins)  
Online sessions – £45 (50mins)

Group sessions – to be discussed

ADHD Pre Screenings………Full assessment: £250 – screeners, QB Check, Report & 1hr30min session/interview.

QB Check Test and Screeners only option: £120

Walk & Talk Therapy – The cost may vary dependant on if you the client, comes to me or if I travel to you. If I come to you the cost may increase to take into account mileage plus additional time used to travel to walking destinations, charges may also vary due to higher increased mileage.

Discounts available for Student Counsellors and Counsellors looking for a supervisor whilst I am training.

Training & Webinars

I am available to write and present bespoke trainings or webinars for schools, businesses and other therapy organisations. Please get in touch if you have a specific topic in mind that we can discuss.

Trainings already available are:

  • The affects of domestic violence neurologically in children
  • Therapeutic parenting for parents/carers of Looked after & Adopted Children
  • Understanding ASD/ADHD and how they present in children (this particularly useful for teachers and pastoral staff in schools as well as other therapist).
  • ADHD in the Veterinary World – Webinar

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