youth counselling for the gifted and talented

I offer 1:1 online counselling for adolescents aged 13-19 who need some emotional support.

I have a special interest in the emotional well-being of children who are exceptionally or profoundly gifted (EPG) - as a child, this was also my own personal experience at school. 


Giftedness can bring very specific challenges for young people, both socially and academically, and can often lead to mental health issues without the right support.

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There is plenty of mental health advice out there, but when it comes to young people, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to emotional support.


I am a qualified psychotherapist and youth counsellor, and I specialise in working with high achieving, gifted and talented adolescents, especially those who board or who are in independent education.


With my extensive training, I am able to offer a bespoke service that takes the needs of you and your family into consideration.

Being on the gifted and talented register is a special educational need, yet adequate provision is not always being made for these students.

Exceptionally capable children often seem to manage well, but underneath the surface they may struggle to organise and process their emotional experience.

Managing their weekly timetable, workload and extra-curricular activities can become a constant strain that means that there is little time to switch off and relax.

You many have noticed a recent change in mood or behaviour in your adolescent child, and you are finding it difficult to reach them in order to find out what is troubling them.

For example, teens can have disruptions in eating and sleeping, may be unable to concentrate, may become clingy or anxious, become withdrawn or have angry outbursts.


It may be the case that your child doesn't want to worry you with their problems, or perhaps they aren't fully aware of what is going on for them in a way that feels possible to articulate.

It can sometimes be easier for teenagers to talk about their emotional experience in confidence with someone outside of the family.

If you would like to find out more about how I could help your child, please get in touch and I will be happy to discuss possible solutions.

 

how I work

I offer bespoke counselling for young people online via Zoom, following an initial consultation with parents where we discuss your child's current situation, family background, and any significant events that have led up to this point.


May way of working is relational and conversation-based. My aim is to meet the young person where they are at and build a safe and trusting relationship with them. I allow the young person to tell me, at their own pace, about what is bothering them.

I use various arts-based methods in my work, such as drawing, online sandtray, and other creative exercises that help explore thoughts and feelings in a supportive way. Furthermore, we may use storytelling, drama or puppetry. You can read more here.


We may also use bodywork, such as gentle stretching or breathing exercises to calm the body and deal with anxiety and stress. This is part of 'resourcing' the young person with activities that they can also do themselves.

If appropriate, I may explain some psychological theory (also known as psycho-education) to help my clients understand issues around mental health, for example, how our brain and nervous system respond to stressful or upsetting events.

Part of the work together will be about finding practical ways in which the young person can manage their daily schedule while supporting their emotional well-being in between therapy sessions.

The work with the young person is confidential, with some exceptions in relation to safeguarding. I will explain this to you in detail during the parental consultation.

Here are some areas that I commonly work with:

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement

  • Bullying

  • Changes to family set up

  • Changing Schools

  • Dealing with a big life event

  • Emotional problems

  • Exam pressures

  • Family Issues

  • Friendship issues

  • Grief & Loss

  • Impact of Separation or Divorce

  • Low self-confidence

  • Low self-esteem

  • Mental health issues

  • Moving Home

  • Online – gaming & devices

  • Online – social media

  • Parent Child Relationship

  • Reluctance to go to school

  • Sadness

  • School Transitions

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Sibling Issues

  • Stress