Therapy with Kemi
BACP Registered Child and Adolescent Therapist
Investing in children and teen's mental health today is investing in and setting the foundations for who they become tomorrow.
I am a North London based BACP registered Child and Adolescent Therapist. I have predominantly worked in schools and private sectors for 14+ years. My areas of expertise are one to one sessions with children and families and delivering therapeutic group work. I am committed to making a meaningful difference to your child's well-being by addressing their mental health difficulties using my therapeutic knowledge and experience. I work closely with parents to support the child as I believe my role is temporary in your child's life.
I am a mental health consultant, trainer and speaker offering training, consultations, training and workshops to organizations on a range of mental health topics. Some of my workshops topics include: workplace well-being, race, racism and the therapeutic relationship and behaviour as communication. When children and young people feel seen and heard, they thrive.
My approach is creative, child-focused and child-led. Whatever the needs of your child, I establish a positive working relationship first which allows for good therapeutic work. No two children are the same so my therapeutic style is not a one size fits all approach.
I have experience working with a range of needs. To name a few: anxiety, low mood, depression, behavioural issues, school phobia and other school-related issues, family conflict, low self-esteem, bereavement, and more. My aim is to work alongside your child to address whatever difficulty is affecting their well-being with the hopes of building their resilience, equipping them with the ability to express their emotions and to develop healthy coping strategies.
Whilst therapy is not about having all the answers and giving advice, what it can do is set your child on a personal journey of self-discovery and positive change thus improving their mental health and sense of self-worth.
TV and Media
Resident Therapist on BBC iplayer series - Mimi on a Mission
Mental Health Consultant on BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zftvn9q
Well-being Curriculum Consultant Cbeebies -https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000wxb4/bitesize-57-year-olds-wellbeing-7-feelings?seriesId=p09kfnlh&fbclid=IwAR2BuqXVo6l2YzOmTUPdVjdLS8tnE4oR8r95Ajx6DnIyvxL-qMtUKzZksr8
I have worked with children and families my entire working career in a variety of roles including being a Teacher. I deeply believe in the importance of nurturing good mental health in our children and young people and prioritising focusing on their emotional well-being. If I had a magic wand, I would use it to remove the negative connotations sometimes associated with the words mental health. We all have mental health in the same way we all have physical health. We can all need help with our mental health sometimes and that is perfectly ok and should be normalised and accepted.
Investing in our children's mental health can break generational patterns, build their resilience, provide them with emotional language to express themselves and give them a solid foundation from which they can thrive. Happy well-balanced children are likely to be successful emotionally literate adults.
Your child's well-being is my ultimate concern. I also include ways to accept and celebrate their individual identity and build positive self image in my work as I believe developing a strong sense of identity builds self-esteem. I am aware that every child is different, so I am flexible and creative in the way that I work with children and young people. I have a range of services that would suit most children.
It is important to me that I am a culturally competent therapist who has a good understanding of the challenges that individuals from minority and marginalised communities experience. Being culturally competent is an ongoing learning process with no final destination. We can never be done learning about people and the role their culture and identity plays in their lives. Each new client I meet comes with their own unique identity and experiences and I take this into consideration in my work with them. My aim is to acknowlege, respect and affirm the intersectionality of my client's identity in my work and be as inclusive as I can in my practice.
It's also important to me that I share my knowledge and experience of developing cultural competency and awareness in therapy, so I regularly deliver training and workshops to counsellors, therapists and counselling organisations on working with difference in therapy.
If you are looking for children's therapist in London and you think I might be the right fit for your needs, then please do get in touch. I'm here to help and support.
Below is a list of my main qualifications but as a BACP registered Therapist, I continue to learn and add to my skills sets by regularly attending a range of training and courses, a minimum of 3 a year.
MSc Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents.
CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) trained
BSc (Honours) Psychology degree
Qualified Teacher Status
Relax Kids Mindfulness and Well-being Coach
Creative Youth Well-being and Mindfulness Coach