Welcome to Room2Thrive

Compassionate counselling for young people

About Me

I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor, specialising in working with young people from age 11–21. I work from premises in Sevenoaks and in Longfield. I am also happy to offer online therapy for young people 16+. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have public indemnity insurance, an enhanced DBS check and additional safeguarding training.

I have many years experience of working with young people and their families in a variety of roles – as a nanny, in a nursery, in a SEN school and as a support worker for children and teenagers with disabilities. Over the years, my experiences – both personally and professionally – led me to develop a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing, so once my own children were settled at school l decided to train as a counsellor. I knew straightaway that l wanted to specialise in working with young people, and throughout my training l volunteered in the busy counselling department at North Kent College.

I can help young people to deal with a wide range of issues, such as;

  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Low self esteem
  • Lack of motivation
  • Self harm
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Relationship/ friendship issues
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Issues related to Autism & ADHD
  • Behavioural issues

How I Work

I am told l have a very gentle and calming manner, and my main priority is that young people feel comfortable, relaxed and safe when working with me. I believe that ‘traditional’ talk therapy can often feel quite intimidating for young people and so l also use a range of creative interventions, games and activities to help them to tell their unique story and explore their worries, as well as incorporating some C.B.T. techniques when appropriate.

I offer a free 30 minute telephone or video chat consultation with parents or carers (or sometimes the young person themselves). During this call we can arrange an initial 50 minute consultation for your child. After this meeting, I will send out a follow up email and together you and your child can decide whether you would like to go ahead with further counselling. Initially I recommend booking in for six sessions, with the option to extend this if appropriate. Please contact me for more information, or to book a session.

Fees and Location

  • Initial consultation - £50
  • Subsequent sessions - £50
  • Online sessions - £45

All sessions are 50 minutes.

Payments can be made by cash or bank transfer. I do ask for at least 24 hours notice when cancelling appointments. Cancellations made without 24 hours notice will be charged at the full rate.

I work from premises in Sevenoaks and in Longfield, as well as online (16+).

Frequently Asked Questions

I feel uncomfortable that my child is seeing a counsellor.....

A recent study by mental health charity, Place2be, found that a third of parents would feel uncomfortable or embarrassed if their child needed counselling. Their worries included ‘feeling judged by other parents’ ‘feeling judged by the counsellor’ and ‘feeling ‘not good enough’ as a parent’. All l can say is, as a parent myself, l know that parenting is a rollercoaster.

No parent or family is perfect, but most of us are trying the very best we can, however tough our circumstances are. Many of us have struggled during the pandemic and young people requiring help with their mental wellbeing is at an all time high. Here at Room2Thrive, I can provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to help support your child.

I think my child needs counselling, but they don’t want to go. What can I do?

Counselling is a two-way relationship – it’s something that the young person participates in, not something that is done to them. If a young person is absolutely certain that counselling isn’t for them, then trying to force them along is often unhelpful.

I do understand that seeing a counsellor can feel a bit scary, intimidating or strange for a young person. They might worry that l will bombard them with intrusive questions, or be able to read their minds, or that we’ll sit in awkward silence. All l would say to a young people is to come along for an initial session with an open mind and then see what you feel from there.

Can I stay with my child for the session?

I completely understand that some young people might feel very anxious about meeting with me initially. I am happy for a parent to come in the counselling room for part of the first session whilst the young person gets to know me and the new surroundings. However, young people do tend to open up about their worries much more freely without parents in the room.

Will you tell me what my child says in the session?

Confidentiality is at the very heart of all therapeutic counselling, as well as being a legal right for young people. Whilst it can be really beneficial for parents to understand what is going on for their child and be part of the therapy, I will only do this with the young person’s full agreement. However, l will always share information when needed to ensure a young person’s safety.

Get in touch

Please contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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