Elaine Clark

Consultant Children's Practitioner

Specialist Trauma & Bereavement Counsellor for Adults and Children

Safeguarding Kidz

About Counselling

Counselling is confidential. All that takes place between a counsellor and a client is treated with respect and discretion.

Counselling is a human activity which attests to the willingness of one person to help another in his or her psychological journey through life. The counsellor brings to this work varying degrees of training and practical experience, but also a professional attitude and life experience.

Assessment

Following an assessment the counsellor and client will come to an agreement on how the counselling sessions will continue, also the boundaries of the sessions. This will be reviewed on a regular basis.

Approaches

I use many forms of counselling/therapy techniques including:

Art Therapy

Play Therapy

Sand Therapy

Drama Therapy

Relaxation Therapy

Person Centred Counselling

Breavement Counselling

Trauma Conselling

Stress Counselling

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Anger Management

Trauma Counselling/Therapy

The impact of traumatic events on an individual's health and well-being can have debilitating effects.

Adults and children who have witnessed horrible events suffer predictable psychological harm. There is a spectrum of traumatic disorders including P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) ranging from the effects of a single event to more complicated effects following repeated exposure.

Many people in our society are exposed to overwhelming trauma including abuse and assault. There is a wide range of emotional and physiological reactions that adults and children display following being involved with or witnessing disaster, trauma and stress.

Trauma counselling/therapy can be offered to children and adults including those engaged in police work, the fire service, or those who work for any agency in which trauma or stress has become a part of life.

Crisis Counselling

A crisis is a limited period of acute psychological and emotional disorganisation brought about by a challenging or hazardous event. Crisis counselling is a brief form of social/psychological treatment offered to people who are experiencing a personal crisis whose usual methods for coping have proved ineffective. Their thinking, emotions and behaviours are all affected and not coping adds one more factor to the stress they are experiencing.

Exapmles of crises:

  • Death of a relative or friend
  • Hearing bad news about onself or a close relative
  • Witnessing an horrific event
  • Family break-up
  • Divorce
  • Abuse including emotional, physical, racial, sexual and domestic violence
  • Loss of part of the body
  • Redundency
  • Other issues

Relaxation and Meditation Therapy

Peace is the most important thing in our life. Part of the counselling sessions can include relaxation and meditation techniques. Relaxation aids and promotes well-being, calms the emotions, clears the mind. It can help to clear the body of toxins caused by stress. Positive results are that it can help the client focus on the issues that need to be dealt with in order to regain good health.

Relaxation and Meditation can be of benefit if you have experienced:

  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Abuse
  • Conflict
  • Occupational burnout
  • Over-dependence
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Other issues

Panic Attacks

Relaxation techniques used in conjunction with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can be offered to clients experiencing panic attacks. This can have positive effects in helping to overcome panic attacks.

Mediation

In mediation both parties have to agree that there is a problem which needs resolving and that they are committed to seeking resolution.

Mediation is about transformation, creating harmony where there is dissonance and unblocking the creativity and good will of the parties concerned.

Mediation is about:

  • Defining the problem
  • Setting the agenda
  • Agreeing any resolution, or not, in a confidential setting with a mediator

Decorative swallow