I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist based just outside Macclesfield.
I trained at the Tavistock Centre (London) and I am registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists.
I offer brief and long- term psychoanalytic psychotherapy to children and young people up to age 24, as well as parent and family work, and parent-infant work. My consulting room is in Bollington, with easy access to Macclesfield and Manchester by car, bus or train.
In addition to my private practice, I work in the NHS in a parent - infant psychotherapy service in the North West.
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Child and adolescent psychotherapy makes use of the relationship between the therapist and the young person to explore their experiences and difficulties.
Attending to a young person’s thoughts and feelings, both conscious and unconscious (those which we may be unaware of), can bring about change and development. Over time, this can relieve suffering and distress.
I offer a safe, non- judgemental space where children and young people are invited to express and explore what is on their minds. Younger children often communicate through play, whilst older children and adolescents may prefer to talk or draw. I have a range of toys and art materials for those who find it easier to express themselves non- verbally.
It is often helpful to meet parent(s) / carer(s) before beginning a piece of work with a child, and in some cases working exclusively with parents or carers can be an effective way to support the young person.
Parent - Infant Psychotherapy
Parent – infant psychotherapy offers support to parents who are experiencing difficulties bonding with their baby. For many new families, pregnancy and the early weeks/ months with a baby can be a very challenging time. Sometimes the challenges can feel overwhelming.
I work with parents during pregnancy and postnatally to help strengthen and develop loving relationships between parent and baby. Appointments offer a safe place to explore your concerns and think together about what might be getting in the way of enjoying your relationship with your baby.
Appointments are for parents together with your baby. We will think about your feelings as parents and also about your baby’s experience. Together we will try to understand what your baby is communicating and explore ways of responding.
Child and adolescent psychotherapy can help with problems like:
Difficulties managing strong feelings
Self-harm / suicidal thoughts
Further information about child & adolescent psychotherapy can be found on:
Parent - infant psychotherapy can help if you are affected by:
Difficulties bonding with your baby
Anxiety about the birth of your baby
A traumatic birth
Post- natal depression
Worries about your baby’s development
Your baby’s excessive crying
What I Treat
How to arrange an appointment
You can arrange your initial psychotherapy appointment by emailing me, or by phoning 07733 335 947
(please note, however, that this number is not to be used in a crisis or emergency as it is not checked regularly).
Getting to your appointment
I am based at Brookbank House (next to the Town Hall) in Bollington, near Macclesfield. Macclesfield is on a train line from Manchester. Bus no. 392 from Macclesfield and Stockport stops right outside
Appointments are 50 minutes long. Please don’t ring the bell until your exact appointment time as I do not have a waiting room.
Online Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
I offer online therapy and telephone appointments if it is safe and suitable to do so. Remote therapy can be a useful way of offering therapeutic support when it is not possible to meet for face to face appointments
£50 per session (50 minutes).
During assessment period or time-limited / brief work cancellations will be charged unless made at least 48 hours before the appointment.
During ongoing long-term psychotherapy, a minimum of two weeks notice of cancellation is required, otherwise full payment will be expected.
Fees are payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer at the beginning, or in advance of each session.