Erica Ruse Whalley Counselling in Croydon, Surrey
for Children, Teenagers and Adults

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Child counsellor in Kent, Play therapy based in Surrey and Counselling in Croydon for Adults, Teenagers and Children

Welcome to my website

I am an Integrative counsellor and therapist providing counselling for children and teenagers, adults and parents in Shirley, Croydon, and in West Wickham, Kent, near Beckenham. I have fifteen years of Counselling experience as a child counsellor in Kent, and adult counselling in Croydon. I am a School Counsellor in five schools; and have a background of over thirty five years of working with children.

I am a fully qualified accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. MBACP(Accred)

I also offer a range of creative techniques for children, teenagers and adults; I am a trained practitioner in Jungian- Kalffian Sandplay. This is a very creative method of sand therapy, it is very absorbing and soothing, but a deeply effective way of working. I find it especially suitable for children , adults but especially teenagers who may prefer to spend less time directly discussing what is bothering them. (please see the Sandplay page for details, ) I am a member of the Association of Sandplay Therapists (MAST) and Play Therapy UK (PTUK)
I have completed training in using metaphor to explore difficulties (Clean Learning) and have developed two creative techniques of my own called "Fade the Feeling" and "Magical solution pictures" which I were recently published in the
professional journal for the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, (B.A. C.P.)

I am an advanced practitioner in "Tapping" or the Emotional Freedom Technique, as well as the more creative version of "Picture tapping" again, for all ages, and I also have some training in The "clean language technique, " which works very effectively as it focuses very closely on your perspectives.

I am trained in the highly effective "Trouble-shooting for Parent's programme" also known as "Webster -Stratton" as used by CAMHS which means that I am able to help and advise parents on changing their children's difficult behaviour in a really positive way which makes life more harmonious for the family. .
I also have special training in adoption, fostering and attachment and I am a "LINK Counsellor" for Barnado's and I also have training in attachment focused Parenting.
I have particular experience with helping with separation anxiety, anxiety and sleeping difficulties,
I also h ave particular experience in working with anxiety, depression and stress for all ages

My private practice is based on the borders of Croydon, Surrey and West Wickham, Kent, with good public transport links from East Croydon, West Wickham, Beckenham and Bromley

As a child counsellor in Kent and Surrey I work with separation anxiety, anxiety, depression and low self esteem, stress, sadness and low mood, difficulties at school, bullying, parental splits, bereavements and many more emotional, social and behavioural difficulties that children face.
The way that I work is tailored to each individual, and what they are hoping for as a result of the work, but I use a range of techniques which include Person-centred, Cognitive behavioural techniques, Sandplay, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Pscho-dynamic work, Tapping for both children and adults, with additional play therapy and art therapy techniques for children.

I also work with parents to advise them on how to support their child with their difficulties, or in providing a series of “trouble-shooting” techniques to enhance their effective parenting.

I hope that you are able to find some helpful information on these pages, but if you are interested in child counselling in kent, or counselling or play therapy in Croydon or surrey, please contact me to find out more about how I can help.

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