Counselling and Play Therapy

Suitable for children, adolescents, and young adults aged 5-25.

Hi, I'm Emma

I’m  a counsellor and play therapist based in Brighton & Hove. For the past 30 years, I’ve worked as a teacher, a school counsellor, and as a clinical supervisor in primary and secondary state schools. During this time I have been helping young people focus on their lives, helping them and their families understand more about their situations and feelings in a safe, creative, and confidential space.

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Who I Can Help

I am a counsellor to young people and children on a variety of problems and issues. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss your child’s situation in more depth.

  • Family Disputes

    From ongoing arguments and divorce to attachment issues, illness, and being a young carer.

  • Anxiety

    The horrible feelings of worry, fear, stress, and panic.

  • Bereavement and Loss

    Having the space for the complex feelings that come with losing someone or something.

  • Body image

    Including eating disorders, self harm, body issues and confidence.

  • School

    Including friendships, stress, teachers, bullying, and academic struggles.

  • Low Mood/Depression

    Overwhelming feelings of sadness, consistent low moods, and suicidal thoughts.

  • LGBTQ issues

    Feelings, decisions, concerns.

  • Fostering/Adoption

    Giving the child space to cope with the feelings and behaviours that may come with living with a foster/adoptive family.

  • Trauma

    Starting to carefully and slowly talk/ play to begin to address the consequences of trauma. such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/ Complex Post traumatic disorder.

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How I Work

I am a Psychodynamically trained counsellor but my approach is very much orientated around talking and using play to encourage and facilitate children/young people to open up and communicate in a way that suits them. It’s a great way to help them sort through upsetting, scary, and confusing feelings and work out how to manage them.

The majority of sessions can involve a lot of talking, but I have noticed that whatever their age, many young people do not always have the words to express what they are feeling and thinking or indeed understand what it is they are feeling.

This is where playing games, drawing, and being practical and hands-on can do a lot of the talking for them. Before children can talk, play is their universal language of communication. ‘The Shed’ contains plenty of objects, figures, animals, art, clay, sand, and all sorts of other bits and bobs that’ll help children express themselves. I’ll help them work through their issues in a peaceful, fun space, whether they only see me for a couple of sessions or  longer. It’s difficult knowing how much support/counselling a child needs but from my experience between 6 – 12 sessions can sort a lot of issues and stuff out.

Even 2/3 sessions, when focused as an intervention , can be really useful. It can give a space to breathe and think and for decisions to be made , hopefully, in a better light.

I can also help by communicating with their school, you, and other agencies when necessary or when they or you want me to.

Try a parental consultation

  • Decide for yourself if counselling could be beneficial for your child/young person.
  • Gain a better understanding of the support your child and family might need.
  • Unsure of what to do next? Who to talk to, confide in. This is a good place to start.

Book your child’s first session

  • Start with an affordable 40-50 minute session.
  • See how your child gets on with counselling and how they respond to it.
  • A commitment-free way to test the waters.