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

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A very warm welcome to my website, I’m Erica. I work with adults, teenagers and children, at the moment online or on the phone, due to lockdown. I hope you find the information on my website useful, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss how I can help, or if you would like to ask any questions.

NEW: Help for Selective Mutism and Stammering: parallel work from two professions-
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Sometimes, we feel anxious, depressed, lost, confused or just that things are not going well: it can be too difficult to sort out these difficulties with family or friends, and we need to find a therapist that we feel comfortable with to work through this.
I would offer you a warm, accepting, and confidential quiet space: it is important for you to feel comfortable to work effectively and to be able to move forward. While we are working together, I hope to provide support and sensitivity to help you understand what you are experiencing, and to guide you through, with your needs at the centre of the work. I plan to discuss with you the the different ways in which we might work, so that I can tailor the way we work to you, as an individual, then help you learn new perspectives and skills to find your own path forward.
I understand that it can be daunting to contact a counsellor; I offer a free initial phone call to discuss how I can help, this gives you an opportunity to get to know me a little, and to check that you feel comfortable to arrange an initial session. In our first session, we will be getting to know each other more and discussing what is bothering you in more detail, and then you can decide if you are happy for us to continue working together. There is no commitment to a certain number of sessions and we can see how the work progresses together.

I am a fully qualified, accredited counsellor with fourteen years experience of working with adults, teenagers and children as a child counsellor and specialist play therapy. I have a background in education with over thirty years of experience in schools. I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psycho-therapists BACP which ensures that I abide by professional ethics and confidentiality.

I am experienced in working work with these areas: (Children, teenagers and adults)

All emotional, behavioural, social and relationship difficulties
Anxiety (general, separation anxiety, social anxiety, performance anxiety, OCD)
Panic attacks)
All emotion and relationship difficulties
Loss and bereavement, ( including loss of pets)
Confidence and low self esteem
All aspects of adoption and attachment
The effects on the family of parental separations
Sleep difficulties
selective mutism and stammering (work with a speech therapist and counsellor in separate sessions)
"Calmer families" work with parents and children on improving emotions and behaviour

How I work (with children, teenagers and adults)

I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means that I have trained, and am able to work in a variety of ways, which allows you the best opportunities of finding which methods are best suited to you. They include traditional talking therapy, and other therapies, some with creative elements.

Person centred therapy,
Psycho-dynamic Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Solution focused Brief Therapy
Specialist sand therapy for all ages Jungian-Kalffian Sandplay ( see page on this for more details.)
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) also known as Tapping
Clean language- working with metaphor

Creative techniques: (Children, teenagers and adults)

Picture Tapping, - a specialist form of Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as "Tapping."
Bilateral guided drawing, a sensorimotor technique
Expressive, Projective and Serial drawing
Clean Language- a way of working which talks through metaphor and uses the imagination.

Specific work with for children and teenagers

Sadness, low mood and depression
Anxiety, Separation anxiety, Performance and social anxiety
Panic Attacks
Sleep, nightmares and night terrors
Support for young people after marriages end or new families are embarked on
Low self-esteem
"Calmer families"
Selective Mutism/Stammering
Compulsive hair pulling
Self harm
Anxiety around school
Particular work for Parents
"Calmer families" work on behaviour of young people using techniques from Webster Stratton’s “troubleshooting for parents training”
Advising parents on handling separation and marital splits
Advising parents on helping anxious or depressed children or young people

I am based in Shirley, Croydon, and in West Wickham, Kent, near Beckenham. I have sixteen years of Counselling experience as a child and adult counsellor in Kent, and Croydon, Surrey. I am a School Counsellor in three schools; and have a background of over thirty years of working with children, teenagers, parents and adults in schools.

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

A bit more detail about the ways of working and my training

Jungian- Kalffian therapeutic Sandplay; this a very effective, powerful and creative method of sand therapy, for children , teenagers and adults. It is very absorbing and soothing, but a deeply effective way of working, as it works on what needs to be balanced on an unconscious level. Sandplay integrates all areas of the self; very beneficial for all emotional difficulties including anxiety and depression but it is especially suitable for adoption due to its great ability to help with attachment issues. Teenagers or those with high anxiety, often prefer not to talk about what is bothering them and this way of working can be more acceptable than talking more directly. Please see the Sandplay page for more details) I am a member of the Association of Sandplay Therapists (MAST) and an Accredited Practitioner in Jungian-Kalffian Sandplay

Clean Learning is a creative way of working which uses metaphor to explore difficulties
"Fade the Feeling" and "Magical solution pictures" are two drawing techniques which I have developed and which were which I were published in the professional journal for the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, (B.A.C.P.)

"Tapping" or the Emotional Freedom Technique,(EFT) and the more creative version of "Picture tapping" again, for all ages.
Tapping works particularly well on anxiety, stress, managing feelings, and depression.
the more creative Picture tapping is suitable for all ages, but is particularly suitable for teenagers who are often less keen to talk directly, or others who prefer more creative work. I am an advanced practitioner in both Eft (tapping) and Picture tapping.

I am a "LINK Counsellor" for Barnado's which is required by law to work with all aspects of adoption for all ages.

"Calmer families" based on the highly positive, psychologically based and effective programme which is also used by CAMHS, this can work with difficult emotions and behaviour in a very positive way that increases bonding and more harmonius relationships in all the family. This work involves me talking to parents on the phone every other week, and may sometimes involves individual sessions for the young person, but this varies from case to case.

I hope that you are able to find some helpful information on these pages, but if you would like to discuss this further please contact me to find out more about how I can help.
Very best wishes, Erica

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