Building emotional resilience in schoolsI worked for many years as a school counsellor and play therapist in a number of schools across North London. I work with children as young as 4, up to 18.
Schools recognise the growing need for emotional support among children and young people. I developed a successful Emotional Resilience Programme to address this need and help children build their coping skills.
I have worked in a wide variety of London schools, both one-to-one with pupils and staff, as well as offering training to staff, parents and students. I worked for several years in:
Earlsmead Primary School, Harrow
Harrow Tuition Service - pupil referral unit, Harrow. Pupils excluded from mainstream schools
Tottenhall Infant School, Enfield
I've also provided short-term consultancy work and specialised training to many other primary and secondary schools in London, in both the public and private sectors.
Tried and tested results
The programme has a proven track record - I use outcome measures at the start and end of each session, and take feedback from children, staff and parents. I offer positive support which makes a lasting difference to children and to the various agencies working with them. I received referrals from schools and external agencies, for example:
- Social Services
- Children’s Service
- Children’s Centres
- Charities such as Ignite Trust, Each Drug and Alcohol, and Space Project
Therapy with Play - and Clay!I blend Human Givens therapy with relaxation, clay therapy, art, songs and stories to fit each child’s needs.
I offer help with a whole range of difficulties that affect children, from easing anxiety in all its forms, to improving behaviour, relationships and learning, and supporting children with challenging family situations.
I usually see children individually but I am always happy to involve parents, teachers or other staff where appropriate in our sessions so that they can consolidate the work done and extend support beyond our sessions. I provide personalised relaxation recordings so that children can continue to relax and work towards their goals in-between sessions. Children enjoy the sessions!
What children say
“I like it with you. I liked playing best”
“It’s fun and it’s calmful with Jo”
“The things you’ve done with me made me lose my fears of water and heights”
“I use the breathing in class all the time. It makes me calm”
“We talked about things that are important to me. I’m not afraid to go to High School anymore”
“My teacher has noticed I’ve been listening better in class”
“All of it was helpful”
“My teacher has noticed I’m better behaved. She said I was doing well. It felt good”
“I’ve stayed off weed and I feel so much better. I’m on track now [for GCSEs]”
- Y11 girl, previously excluded
Contact me now for more information or a no-obligation chat about school counselling and training.