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

LOCKDOWN SESSIONS ; Phone calls or online.... Help with anxiety or depression in adults, children, or young

NEW: Help for Selective Mutism and Stammering: parallel work from two professions-
Sessions with a qualified Speech therapist with free Counselling sessions for anxiety
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Sometimes, we might feel anxious, depressed, lost, or that things are not going well for us, and we might not be clear on exactly what is happening. It can be too difficult to sort out these difficulties on our own or with family or friends, and we need the right therapist for us to support us, in order to understand more about what is happening, to learn new skills and perspectives to find a way through it. I would like to help by offering you a warm, accepting relationship as it is important for you to feel comfortable to work effectively, in order to move forward. While you are exploring what is happening I aim to provide support and sensitivity 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, then tailoring the work to you as an individual, as different s ways of working suit different people.

I am a fully qualified counsellor with fourteen years experience, and 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.

Areas I work with, for children, teenagers and adults

I can help with all emotional behavioural and relationship difficulties
I have particular experience in helping with anxiety, depression, loss, bereavement, stress, adoption parental splits and attachment
New; dual profession work on selective mutism and stammering

Ways of working, with children, teenagers and adults

I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means that I have training, and am able to work in a variety of ways during the work
I am trained in Person cantered therapy,
Psycho-dynamic Therapy
Solution focused Brief Therapy
I am very experienced in a specialist play therapy called Jungian-Kalffian Sandplay ( see page on this for more details.)
I am an advanced practitioner in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Clean language- working with metaphor

Creative techniques for children, teenagers and adults are:

Picture Tapping, - a specialist form of EFT
Bilateral guided drawing, a sensorimotor technique
Serial drawing
Clean Language

Particular work for children and teenagers
Support for young people after marriages end or new families are embarked on

Particular work for Parents
Behaviour work for parents to work on behaviour of young people using techniques from Webster Stratton’s “troubleshooting for parents”


I use a number of ways of working, since I find this allows you the best experience of finding ways of working best suited to you personally. Many of these ways of working have creative elements. I am based in Shirley, Croydon, and in West Wickham, Kent, near Beckenham. I have sixteen years of Counselling experience as a child counsellor in Kent, and adult counselling in Croydon. I am a School Counsellor in four schools; and have a background of over thirty six years of working with children as a counsellor and teacher.

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

In addition to integrative counselling, and solution focused therapy, I offer a range of creative techniques for children, teenagers and adults; I am an accredited practitioner in 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 but it is especially suitable for anyone who has been adopted or fostered 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. (quote please see the Sandplay page) I am a member of the Association of Sandplay Therapists (MAST)
I am trained 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 currently trading in advanced picture tapping

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 so I can help all parties affected by adoption and attachment.
I have particular experience with helping with separation anxiety, anxiety and sleeping difficulties,
I also have particular experience in working with anxiety, depression and stress for all ages , bereavement , pet bereavement and family weddings

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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