I have undertaken further training across the disciplines of psychotherapy and coaching. These include a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Person-Centred/Existential (CPCAB), an ICF accredited coaching training programme, a Foundation Course in Psychotherapy and Counselling at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC) and an Introduction to Group Analysis.
After many years working with adults I felt pulled more and more towards the need to work with children. Having seen first hand the destructive nature of mental illness and its ability to rob children of their futures, I knew I needed to work with children in helping them the skills they need to cope with life’s obstacles and challenges.
Helping parents and children understand the impact of the stress response can really help them understand how their minds can work both for and against them . The stress response when left unmanaged, can create a whole host of symptoms and responses both physical and emotional (fear, avoidance and anxiety) which as a child can be extremely frightening and difficult to cope with.
I have completed training in CBT for Child and Adolescent Disorders and am currently completing my Diploma in Child Psychology.
I have completed my level one ‘Connected Kids’ training for teaching children mindfulness and meditation.
This course is an Accredited course in teaching mindfulness and meditation for children/teens and provides the advanced information and skills necessary to deliver bespoke meditations and mindful activities to children of all ages (toddlers to teens) and of all abilities including those with autism or additional support needs.
I am trained by Youth Mindfulness (www.youthmindfulness.org) and am qualified to deliver their amazing Youth Mindfulness for Kids Programme – the programme is a 16-lesson introduction to mindfulness for 7 to 11 year olds, with a strong emphasis on experiential learning. I have also completed and am certified to deliver their SOMA training programme which is an innovative approach to teaching mindfulness to teens and young adults.
I have also completed my Professional Training in the Applied use of Mindfulness for 12-18 year olds from the British Mindfulness Institute.
I hold a current DBS check and have completed up to date training in Child Protection in Education, First Aid Essentials and Anaphylaxis Awareness.
Everyone wants their kids to feel confident – to believe in themselves and to go for their dreams. We want the children to learn that confidence comes from within and is based on believing in themselves – knowing that what they say to themselves is more important than what anyone else says to them. If they think they can, they can!