Children, Adolescents & Young Adults
Masters in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families
Emma offers an empathic, non-judgemental, safe space in which her clients can explore their thoughts and feelings. Emma believes passionately in the right of every person to be seen and understood and she endeavours to improve the emotional wellbeing and happiness of children, individuals and their families.
Emma is an integrative psychotherapist who specialises in working with children and young people and has many years of experience working in education and community settings. Being an integrative practitioner means she is not limited to one way of working; she draws on a range of ideas including person centred, attachment theory, psychodynamic teachings and cognitive behavioural theories. She adapts to meet the needs of her clients in a flexible and creative way.
Emma likes to work with children and young people and their families collaboratively and at their own pace. She believes in building a safe space and rapport. She gains an understanding of her clients by listening carefully, observing their behaviour and interpreting their play (where appropriate). She then supports them as they try to make sense of any thoughts and feelings that may seem overwhelming. Her clients are deeply valued and the trust that they develop helps to bring about positive change for them and their families.
Meeting a child or young person where they are emotionally may involve more than just talking, and Emma provides many different art forms to help aid communication.
Depending on the age of each client, Emma may use a sand-tray, paints, drawing, play-doh, puppets, games or drama in her sessions: these mediums can help an individual to open up and share their feelings and experiences. They can also choose to use no materials: the choice is theirs. Emma adapts her work for her older clients and is an excellent and effective talking therapist, too.
Emma strives to understand a client’s emotional life from their perspective, enabling them to make sense of their world, and find their own solutions and resilience. Her approach is based on evidenced based research to facilitate awareness, change and wellbeing.
Emma has undertaken research into the way silence is experienced in the therapy room. She is currently collaborating on an article exploring the use of silence in adolescent therapy, and is keen to expand her own and other therapists’ understanding.
Emma has experience working with a broad range of emotional challenges including anxiety, depression, low mood, stress, bereavement, self-harm, developmental trauma and abuse.
Emma works with:
Childrens and Adolescents
(from 4-18 years old)
Emma works in English
ADD / ADHD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)