Therapy with Kemi - How it all works
"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 60mins. 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.
As a BACP registered children's therapist based in London, I adhere to their high standards of proficiency, professionalism and good practice.
After the assessment, I will inform you what I believe the focus of my work with your child will be. It will be then left to you if would like to commit to your child receiving therapeutic support from me.
The Therapy Process
Once you have made the decision for your child to receive therapy from me, We will enter an agreement on how best to work together. The therapy sessions will be a safe and confidential space for your child to explore their feelings and difficulties on a consistent basis.
A summary of my expectations and how I work is stated here but you will be provided with a full picture before the sessions begin. The expectation is for you to bring your child weekly or fortnightly for their sessions as agreed. The sessions lasts 45 minutes and are with just your child unless otherwise agreed. The session will be non directive and led by what your child brings to the sessions.
As I am aware of how daunting the idea of therapy can seem to anyone, let alone a child or young person, I often make use of a range of play and therapeutic resources to engage your child and build a rapport. Play is a child's easiest form of communication. A good relationship is key to meanigful therapeutic work and I priortise this.
I review and evaluate my sessions and impact on child/young person on a 6-8 weeks basis. I provide feedback and updates when neccessary whilst still maintainging the confidentiality of the sessions.
You have a right to withdraw your child from the therapy at any point. However a notice period of 2 sessions (minimum) 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.
How I work
I am a psychodynamically trained Child and Adolescent Therapist based in London 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 impact on their mental health. I help them to understand that 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 creatively on drawing as a therapeutic tool and communication. This approach is often popular with my more introverted clients.
My current fees are:
20minutes no obligation introductory phone consultation: Free. (Referral form to be completed first)
Initial 60mins Assesment Session( typically conducted with parent and child seperately ) : £115
45minutes Therapy Session(either fortnightly or weekly basis): £90
Payment is due 48 hours before the session. You will typically receive an invoice with payment details the week of your therapy session.