Therapy with Kemi - Counselling Service
"Children won't always walk up to you and say 'I'm really struggling with some emotions right now' They are going to show you through their acting out and behaviour"
If you would like some additional support with your child's emotional difficulty, the first step is to contact me. A referral form will be emailed to you to fill out. Once I receive the completed referral form, you will be offered an initial assessment appointment within 7 working days. During busy periods, please allow up to 14 working days. I will usually state in the auto-response of my email if it is a busy period.
An initial assessment lasts 80-90 mins. I will meet with you (the parent/s and or carer) alone first. Then with your child to complete my assessment. For practicality purposes, this assessment may need to be split into two different times/days.
After the assessment, I will inform you what I believe the focus of my work with your child will be and if it will be short term or long term work. It will be then left to you if would like to commit to your child receiving therapeutic support from me.
The Counselling Session
Once you have made the decision for your child to receive counselling from me, you will be expected to sign a contract. Details of the contract are summarised here. The expectation is for you to bring your child weekly for their sessions. The sessions lasts 45 minutes and are with just your child unless it is a family session. The session will be non directive and led by what your child brings to the sessions. I will be in regular communication with you about how your child is engaging with the therapeutic sessions. As I am aware of how daunting the idea of counselling can seem to anyone, let alone a child, I often make use of a range of play and therapeutic resources to engage your child. Particularly for the first few sessions, I often find that with time as the child gets comfortable with the sessions, I use these less.
Sessions are evaluated and reviewed on a 6-8 weeks basis. At this point, a decision will be made together on whether to continue the sessions or work towards an ending. You have a right to withdraw your child from the counselling session at any point. However a notice period is strongly advised. The reason being that sudden and unplanned ending can have a negative emotional effect on the child and should therefore be avoided. A planned ending with a notice period is in the best interest of your child.
I am a psychodynamically trained Child and Adolescent Therapist who works in a creative way with children and young people. I use a range of creative tools such as sand play, puppets, mindfulness, and grounding work. I also work on the child understanding the connections between their actions/behaviour and their mental health. I help them to understand all communication serves a purpose and empower them to have a deeper understanding of their own communication. Drawing and Talking is another therapeutic approach I use in my counselling practice, this requires minimal talking and focuses on drawing as as therapeutic tool and communication. This approach is often popular with my more introverted clients.