Adoption Counselling for Adolescents/ Teenagers

Using talk, play and creative approaches I provide a confidential space for young people who are in, or who have been through the adoption process.

Additionally, counselling is available for family members also affected.

Counselling and therapy for individuals in a safe, comfortable and private setting

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Hello I'm Claire and I am a counsellor working with young people aged over 11 years old.

Choosing therapy for a child may feel confusing or daunting but I hope to make the process as easy as possible for you.

The process of adoption can be a challenging one for all involved.

I offer open ended therapy which allows space to better understand the thoughts attached, and to process some of the feelings.

In turn this can help to alleviate difficult behaviours or to make better sense of them.

As a fully-qualified counsellor I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also a Barnardo's Link therapist.

How can counselling help young people?

Counselling is a space different to other professional relationships they may encounter. Clients are provided confidentiality, space and time to explore with someone separate from their lived experiences. This distance combined with having an empathetic, non-judgemental professional and the consistent boundaries of weekly sessions provides a therapeutic space to make sense of their past experiences and to look forward to their future.

I work using talk, play and creative approaches to encourage exploration.

I adapt my work to each person, so may use talking therapy, drawing, writing or additional tools in the therapy room.

I always provide a selection of fiddle toys but also welcome clients bringing their own items if they will help them feel more settled and comfortable.

Next Steps...

Please contact me in the first instance.

Firstly, we will check to see if we have matching availability on a weekly basis.

(For young people aged over 16, we will arrange an initial assessment between them and I at this point, unless you have any specific concerns.)

For those under 16, once I have your details we will arrange a suitable time to speak on the phone.

During this call I will gather some basic information about your child and their needs and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Next we will arrange an initial assessment for them, during which they can explain their wishes and needs, I can ask some further questions and they can see if they feel I am a good fit.

At the end of their initial assessment they will be offered 3 options:

To begin therapy

To take time to think about it


Not to commence counselling.

It is important that they are offered this choice.

What to expect.

Counselling is a private relationship between therapist and client regardless of age. It is important you child or young person feels they have control over how long they attend and how much of their sessions is discussed with you.

Therefore, for under 16 year olds I offer a 6 weekly review in which they are given the choice as to ending or continuing and what is shared back to home.

They may wish for total privacy. I advise parents and care givers to give them space to discuss therapy but to allow them to decide.

Exceptions to this include legal requirements and safeguarding concerns. These exceptions will be explained thoroughly to you and your young person prior to starting therapy.

If you reach a point where you feel unable to continue supporting their counselling, I ask for us to plan this together to ensure time for an appropriate ending.

How can I support my child during therapy?

Consistency is important, especially in early sessions, ensuring you child is able to attend regularly helps to build the foundation for engaging in the therapeutic process.

Communication between therapist and parents/ care givers is reserved for arranging session times and fee payments. This may feel an unusual experience compared to others, however, it is an important element in creating a trusting space for the client to explore.

Counselling is a process, you may see changes in the young person. They may express themselves differently while therapy happens. This is not unusual and can illustrate their engagement. If you have concerns over this we can discuss them.

Fees and Availability.

Counselling sessions for individuals last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis and costing £65 per session.

Please contact me for my current availability.

I work weekday daytimes and evenings.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me using this form or via:

If you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment I will get back to you as soon as possible.

You can also leave a voicemail at 07852325637. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential.

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