Focusing on parents and carers of children with disabilities and additional needs.
Do you need a fresh perspective?
Do you feel stressed, anxious, or stuck?
Do you feel isolated?
Do you feel confused and frustrated?
Are you dealing with unprocessed trauma?
Are you struggling with who you are and where you fit?
Has your self-esteem taken a knock?
Do you feel that you have lost connection in your relationship?
Are you in a black hole of grief and loss and can’t seem to get out?
Being the parent or carer of a child with disabilities and additional needs can be joyous but it also brings some difficult emotions, complicated feelings and guilt.
With everyone’s focus and attention on the child the parents and carers often find that their own needs are unmet and they may feel a great deal of guilt for even having needs. Parents and carers of children with disabilities and additional needs are far more likely to have feelings of depression, anxiety, desperation, isolation and unprocessed trauma than parents of typical children but despite this they are statistically less likely to be able to access therapeutic support for themselves.
I offer parents and carers the chance to talk through their feelings with someone who not only has professional experience but also personal experience of this journey.
I am patient, understanding and non-judgemental and I will give you the space to talk through your experience as many times as you feel is necessary for your processing. I have the advantage of understanding the context of your story and an appreciation of the interwoven practical and emotional aspects of being a parent carer.
I use an integrative approach drawing from several well-established therapeutic models, adapting my approach to be appropriate to the individual. We will work together to find the approach with the best outcome for you. I predominantly offer a remote service due to the nature of my client base.
I am based in East Sussex by the sea. My interests are painting, reading, music, history and long walks.
I have qualifications and experience in the fields of Psychology, Counselling, Special Educational Needs and Disability, Autism, Mental Health First Aid and Advocacy, Mentoring and Adverse Childhood Experiences and I undertake regular CPD hours.
I am also a qualified and experienced Teaching Assistant working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
I run a trauma focused group for female survivors of adverse childhood experiences and domestic abuse. I also run a healing through art session for individuals in recovery from addiction.
I also have experience supporting autistic adults and individuals with ADHD. I have worked within the LGBTQIA+ community with particular emphasis on supporting transgender individuals.
I am fully insured, I hold a current Enhanced DBS Certificate and I am an accredited member of a professional body and register for professional counsellors, coaches, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists who hold recognised qualifications (ACCPH) and I abide by their Professional Code Of Conduct and Ethics.
I engage in regular supervision to ensure my capability to provide a sustainable and resilient service and to enable me to work as effectively, safely and ethically as possible.
Drop me an email and I’ll get back to you and we can arrange to talk. I can call, text, email, facetime or zoom... whatever suits you best. I don’t charge for an initial 20 minute chat but if you do decide to go ahead with further sessions they will be charged at a rate of £40 for a 50 minute remote session. Concessional rates are available.