Psychotherapists & Counsellors Working with Children
Auriel Sarah Eagleton
Auriel is an HCPC registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, trained at Masters level, working with both adults and children.
I am passionate about supporting children to thrive and reach their best potential in all areas of life. I see each child as an individual and work with their strengths to support them through emotional difficulty or trauma and to develop social and emotional skills.
I don't shy away from addressing practical and behavioural difficulties. I have a special interest in Special Educational Needs (SEN) and autism (ASD). I recognise that in some cases it is as important to address and explore educational needs and behavioural strategies as it is to support children to achieve emotional wellbeing. Indeed the two are linked. A child who feels confident about their capacity in the world and who understands expectations of their behaviour geared toward their health, safety and wellbeing, is typically a more grounded and happier child. Likewise, emotional wellbeing is often at the root of other difficulties. Unlocking and working through emotional difficulties while building self-resources, helps children to thrive.
I structure sessions according to the individual needs of the child. Sometimes this will entail a lot of free play and emotional exploration, for example for a child who struggles to play, socially interact and engage with life. At other times sessions might be structured to offer some free exploration and some set activities, for example with children who struggle to accept direction, become over stimulated or chaotic.
I work with parents and carers to establish children's ongoing needs throughout the course of therapy, though my approach is also very much child-led. I offer both Integrative Arts Counselling (using play-based and arts based interventions to meet children at their level of need and understanding) and 1-1 therapeutic arts workshops geared more specifically to a need or difficulty the child is facing in life, for example working on developing frustration tolerance. The latter is not counselling or psychotherapy as it is directed toward a single goal or outcome, while therapy and counselling will address the broader needs of the child. In cases of trauma or extreme difficulty therapy or counselling will always be recommended, as emotional needs that are left unattended have a direct impact on behaviour and wellbeing.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your child's needs. I may refer you to another therapist if I feel they might be a better fit for your child's specific needs.
Professional Body and Membership Number:
Play Therapy UK Membership Number 201010989
DBS Check Number: 001498991698
Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Adolescents
BA English Literature
In Freya's Words:
I am a Play Therapist with additional training in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Adolescents. Play Therapy offers children an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings through the natural language of play. My training with Play Therapy UK stems from a humanistic approach and the core of my work is client centred: I firmly believe in the power of the psyche to heal itself, and I have been amazed again and again by the ability of my young clients to take the therapy in the direction in which they need it to go to allow for exploration and healing. I see it as my role to be aware both of the barriers to change and the opportunities to move past them, and to create a space in which these dynamics can be played out. With adolescents I use a variety of verbal and arts based interventions. Creativity aids communication across socio-cultural and language barriers and, for teenagers, can offer alternative ways of self-expression.
I work with children and young people in Primary and Secondary Schools across London, and in my private practice at the Queens Wood Cabin. I have a wealth of experience of working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression and attachment issues or who have experienced loss, separation or trauma. I have worked with a variety of Special Educational Needs and Mental Health conditions. I am happy to provide individual or group therapy on a long or short-term basis, depending on the needs of the client and am open to referrals from parents, guardians or self-referrals from young people aged 15 and over. Please contact me to discuss fees and availability.
HCPC Registration : AS00308
BAAT Registration : 20279
Art Therapist & Clinical Supervisor
In Gary's Words:
I qualified to practice Art Therapy in 1989 graduating from Goldsmiths’ college London. I gained my MA in Art Therapy at St Albans in 1995. I have subsequently completed the Environmental Arts Therapy training in 2014.
An integrative arts approach My theoretical approach, methodology and practice is defined by the role of affective and symbolic imagery. The symbolic artworks made in therapy are central to the development of client communication both conscious and unconscious, as the visual and verbal narratives emerge over time giving rise and access to transferencial material.
I use amplification and dialoguing with my clients and their artwork in order to examine and facilitate the visual narratives which emerge through images made in art therapy. I encourage personal reflective process recording between sessions and dream analysis in my practice. My arts-psychotherapy approach pays attention to body-work and I also use Jungian sandplay in my practice.
I am committed to the connection between creativity and the expression of the unconscious. Whether through images, dreams, symbols or words our personal worlds are given deeper meaning, colour and form when we use the expressive power of art.
My training, practice and professional interest is Jungian and Object Relations whilst also based in a person-centred approach. My practice is informed by the theories of Jung, McNiff, Winnicott and Bowlby.
I am a BAAT registered private practitioner and clinical supervisor for all age groups and clinical specialisms. I offer clinical supervision within the NHS, voluntary sector and in the private sector. I have been developing art therapy in schools since 2008 and providing trainee support and supervision within mainstream education. Specialist areas include private practice, addictions, children & adolescents, mental health and environmental arts therapy individuals and groups.
Environmental Arts Therapy
I am currently developing an ‘environmental arts therapy’ approach for some clients who are particularly drawn to work with art-making and ritual in nature. This approach integrates movement and drama techniques into an arts-based practice which draws on the role of story/visualisation and myth, poetry and play in relation to the metaphors we find in nature.
I co-facilitate the ‘Circle of Trees’ environmental arts therapy group which offers an integrative arts therapy approach using sculpture, movement, poetry and myth within therapeutic woodland spaces in London.
Mobile: 0776 9941567
Qualified Integrative Arts Psychotherapist/ Art Therapist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
Serena provides art therapy, psychotherapy and counselling services to adults, teenagers and children with the aim of supporting them towards realistic and meaningful change.
I AM CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE (Until Summer 2018), however you'd like to call or email me to discuss your childs needs, I may be able to help refer you on to another therapist who may suitable to help.