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ABOUT ME

I am a PTUK Accredited Play Therapist with experience of working in primary schools and community settings since 2012. I have a background working with children, young people and families as a mentor, support worker and youth worker since 2004. I undertook specific training to work with Young People and Adolescents in 2017.

Additionally I am a qualified Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor with a Diploma from BCPC in Bath with experience since 2017 of working with adults.  I have a private practice working with adults and young people in Clifton village, Bristol.

I hold enhanced DBS to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults as well as professional indemnity insurance.

TRAINING

AUTISM AND MENTAL HEALTH

2022

National Autistic Society (NAS) conference

  • Masking – impact on mental health and identity

  • Autism, trauma and PTSD

  • Autism and loneliness

  • Alexithymia's role in the common mental health difficulties in autism

  • Defining, measuring, and understanding autistic burnout

WORKING WITH LGBTQ+ YOUNG PEOPLE

2021

Training to increase confidence working with young people exploring issues around sexuality and gender. Improving knowledge and understanding of current LGBTQ+ identities by reflecting on our existing understanding and unconscious bias.

UNDERSTANDING AUTISM, ASPERGER'S & ADHD

2021

University of Derby online learning module covering the classification, assessment, aetiology theories, comorbidity, and treatment for both ADHD and Autism Spectrum Conditions. 

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S ONLINE LIVES

2021

BACP online event exploring the risks and importance of online applications in the lives of children and young people. Exploring the assumptions and biases adults have about online activity and the importance of online identity in the social hierarchy of young people.

NSPCC SAFEGUARDING REFRESHER

2021

NSPCC online training to refresh and renew my knowledge of safeguarding reporting practices, abuse categories, how to recognise signs of abuse and relevant case studies to explore the issues.

BLUE RED GREEN

2020

Thinking Allowed (Bristol specialist CAMHS for adopted & looked-after children) course exploring the world of children who are care experienced and who are on the Autism spectrum.

WORKING WITH TRAUMA

2020

Completed NICABM Working with Trauma Master Series a set of 5 hour-long webinars from world renowned experts such as Dan Siegel, Stephen Porges, Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine and Allan Schore

PTUK CONFERENCE

2019

An inspiring conference keynote presentation and workshop with the renowned psychotherapist and neuroscientist Louis Cozolino on the evolution of the human mind into a social organ and how individual minds adjust, communicate and regulate one another

ADOLESCENCE

2019

Margot Waddell workshop exploring the challenges of adolescence. Looking at  how to work effectively with teenage clients and adolescent states of mind.

BACP CHILDREN YOUNG PEOPLE & FAMILIES CONFERENCE

2018

Making connections with an Autistic brain.
Working with risky adolescents.
Supporting children with early years trauma and broken attachments
Alongside yearning children

PLAY & CREATIVE ARTS COUNSELLING

2017

PTUK training in the counselling and creative arts skills required to work with older children and young people.

NEURO-DRAMATIC-PLAY & EMBODIMENT-PROJECTION-ROLE

2016

NDP is an attachment based intervention through play and drama, it emphasises a combination of basic trust, security and ritual, with stimulation, exploration and risk. EPR is a developmental paradigm which charts the progression of dramatic play from birth to seven. Trained by Dr Sue Jennings PhD.