Online Video Counselling
In line with current guidelines due to Covid-19, to ensure a safe practice I am only able to offer online video counselling for the foreseeable future until guidelines permit in-person counselling.
I offer a safe & confidential space online via secure video platform, Zoom. Zoom has recently updated its security features. Online counselling enables accessibility, flexibility, and convenience. I would be happy to discuss any hesitations you may have with having counselling online.
Are you experiencing relationship/family/work worries, feeling frustrated/resentful/overwhelmed/withdrawn, have stress-related physical pains, fatigue, a cycle of negative thought patterns, disturbed sleep/eating, and generally not enjoying life…
I understand there are times in life when talking to friends or family is not enough. Perhaps you are looking for a more specialist and focused support strategy for yourself, your family, or your child/adolescent.
Let’s work together to find what works best for you, your family, or your child/adolescent.
I believe the relationship between us is one of the most important aspects of counselling and I will work to earn your trust and respect. This has even more significance as we are working therapeutically in a new way.
Counselling is an opportunity to look at issues/difficulties/concerns in a different way. I will not give advice or try to ‘fix the problem’, instead I will listen and facilitate you to make sense of your problems, the unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours which are getting in the way of living the life you want.
I will work with you to help you to identify what is important to you and enable you to develop confidence and effective new skills to promote a positive change and outcome in your life or in your family life.
Please Note: I will not be able to take on any matters which involve social services and/or family courts.
Additionally, I do not provide reports for school or any court proceedings.
Anxiety disorders (incl. ‘tics’, OCD type behaviours, continuous nightmares/difficulty sleeping/staying in own bed and 'doom/gloom' type thoughts)
Continually sad/unhappy/low mood
Anger and aggression
Loss, bereavement and grief
Trauma (incl. accidents leading to injury; serious illnesses; emotional neglect; emotional or physical or sexual abuse)
Impact of childhood and adolescent experiences on the adult
Behavioural difficulties (incl. clingy/withdrawn/acting out/attention seeking)
Peer difficulties (incl. difficulty making friends)
Difficulty settling in/fitting in at school
Refuses to go to school
At risk of exclusion/excluded
Post adoption/adopted and foster care/placement/looked after children
Adults, Families, Young People, Adolescents and Children
Private and education settings
Individual (one to one), group and family counselling
Long term and short term counselling
Solution focused counselling
Telephone and video counselling
Post Graduate Diploma Counselling Children and Adolescents in Schools (Place2Be - accredited by University of East London and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children ( Place2Be, accredited by British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
CPCAB Level 3 Adult Counselling Skills (Bromley Adult Education College, accredited by British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills (Bromley Adult Education College, accredited by British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Practise within BACP's ethical guidelines (BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice)
Professional indemnity insurance
Enhanced DBS certificates for counselling adults, adolescents and children
Registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
ICO registration reference: ZA530426
Data controllers and processors: Vida Boreham
I will work with you to help identify what is important to you and to determine the therapeutic support needed.
I will work to enable you to develop confidence and effective new skills to promote a positive change and outcome in your life or in your family life.
I use a range of therapeutic tools and strategies to tailor the counselling to your, or your family or your child/adolescent's individual needs. I will respect your individual values and goals. This way I can ensure we are addressing the concerns/difficulties which are interfering with everyday life but at a pace that is safe and suitable for you, your family or your child/adolescent.
I will provide support, consistency, appropriate boundaries, gentle and helpful challenging, as well as a new perspective, within a safe, confidential and accepting environment.
I will work with the emotional and cognitive aspects of your, or your family or your child/adolescent’s experience in the here and now. I am, however, mindful of the past experiences and your hopes for the future.
We will work together to understand the patterns of thoughts and behaviour and what drives you, that way you will have the key to make changes that last.
Following your enquiry, I will make contact to arrange an initial session/consultation for us to meet in person and decide if we are comfortable working together. This session helps us to establish in more detail what your concerns and reasons for seeking counselling are, together with what you would like to gain from counselling.
The Counselling Session
During the session I will provide a non-judgmental and facilitative environment to enable you or your family or child/adolescent to explore difficult thoughts, feelings and behavior either directly or through play/creativity, depending on the type of counselling.
It is an opportunity to look at issues/difficulties through a different lens and to begin to understand your experiences and emotional reactions. It is a chance to learn new and more constructive coping mechanisms to better manage relationships and conflicts.
The sessions would be on a weekly basis, either open-ended or for a set number of sessions. The sessions will usually be on the same day and time each week.
The session content/all personal information disclosed during a session will be confidential.
Child & Adolescent Counselling
The sessions with your child/adolescent are confidential, which means, I would not tell you the specifics of play or what was said. This is important to maintain your child/adolescent’s trust and feelings of safety with me. I will however, at review stage, share the themes which have come up and areas I feel the child/adolescent might need and/or want support with.
Please note I will share anonymized information with my supervisor for the benefit of my work with you or your family or your child/adolescent.
Limits to Confidentiality
Please note confidentiality is limited due to my legal and ethical duties under child protection and safeguarding regulations, that is, if I am concerned that a child/adolescent is being harmed, hurting others or themselves.
Additionally, further limits to confidentiality are where I have to comply with a court order, or if there is information or knowledge regarding fraud, drug trafficking or acts of terrorism. I will also contact the relevant and appropriate authorities, including your GP and/or police, if you reveal you are at serious risk of causing harm to yourself or others.
In such circumstances I will usually discuss this with you and a mutually agreeable way forward will be sought.
During any therapeutic intervention, initially you may feel worse or your child/adolescent's behaviour may appear to get worse. This is a natural reaction to beginning to process thoughts and feelings which may have been kept at a distance for a long time. Please tell me about this and your concerns, as these feelings need to be worked through in our sessions.
Additionally, should any other concerns arise after consultation then please tell me.
Please also feel free to ask me any questions at consultation or at review stage, but any urgent concerns let me know as soon as practicable.
Outcomes of Counselling
Reduction in anxiety
Ability to appropriately elicit support and communicate needs
Value and respect own thoughts and feelings, and those of others
Ability to self-calm and regulate your emotions and emotional responses. Thus be able to respond rather than react.
Increased self-acceptance and self-worth
Feel better, more at ease and enjoy life
Development of self-awareness
Achieve your full individual potential
TYPES OF COUNSELLING
CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE
I am specifically trained to work with children, adolescents and young adults.
Child and adolescent counselling involves talking and play therapy using creativity, a wide range of strategies and materials, to aid the child/adolescent to explore their thoughts, feelings and difficulties and to learn to express them appropriately.
Sometimes it is easier to talk to a stranger rather than to parents, relatives, teachers or friends.
Play and creativity is a child/adolescent’s natural form of expression, and it is used as a means for understanding and communicating with them about feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
Counselling gives them tools to begin to understand their experiences, emotional responses and to adopt healthier and more socially helpful ways of communicating needs, managing relationships and conflicts. Counselling helps them to learn how to help themselves.
Counselling would be a 50 minute session once every week at the same time and on the same day. This enables consistency and predictability which helps to build trust and feeling safe, thereby assisting the therapeutic work.
The session is child/adolescent led but I will guide and navigate the work, particularly in solution focused counselling.
I understand you would like your child/adolescent to get to the crux of problem/concern and may want them to tell me certain things in sessions. Please try not to, as the session is their time and space to express themselves at their own pace, but also because the issue usually is explored indirectly.
The parent/family is instrumental in supporting your child/adolescent through the process. They may need reassurance about attending sessions regularly, especially if they are processing/working through something difficult/challenging/painful.
It is helpful not to ask your child what they said or did, as this may put pressure on them to tell you something they may have difficulty understanding themselves.
Please don’t ask your child to ‘be good’ or check they have been. Therapy is about your child feeling free and able to express ‘bad’ feelings in an uncensored way.
play therapy can sometimes be messy, so to minimise their and your anxiety, the child should wear clothes they do not mind getting messy.
Family counselling involves the child/adolescent as well as the parents or carers and any sibling(s) we think beneficial to join in.
Family work uses creative approach and talking therapy as a foundation and is tailored to the needs of the family to work on the goal(s) set in initial consultation. The aim is to try to sort out the issues together.
Family counselling can help you improve troubled relationships or where there is conflict between parents and children or between siblings.
I will facilitate your family to understand each other better, to communicate better, and to begin to do things differently, so to better support one another, thus beginning to resolve or accept your differences and grow stronger as a unit.
Family counselling can help the whole family to learn to adopt healthier and more appropriate coping strategies to manage difficult changes in family life, or the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family or if your family seems stuck in repeating patterns of hurtful or harmful behaviour, perhaps "inherited" from previous generations.
Parent work will enable the parents:
To adopt a joint parenting style
Communicate better and more helpfully with each other and your children/adolescents
To address issues together and improve troubled relationships with each other and your children/adolescents
To address parenting difficulties where your child/adolescent is experiencing challenging emotions or behaviour.
I will work with you so together we can better understand the behaviour/difficulties, agree on useful and appropriate techniques to use with your child/adolescent, so you can better support them through it, thus making home life easier for everyone.
Counselling is a space to unburden yourself, to understand yourself better and to re-connect with your internal resources so you can live a fulfilling and meaningful life, where you experience self-acceptance and self-worth.
Counselling is essential where the emotional distress feels overwhelming and unmanageable. I will share the burden with you and help you to manage these feelings and we will reflect upon them together.
I have a special interest in working with formative/early life relationships where the may have been disruption in parental/familial bonds. Whilst working with your present-day concerns, we can also be mindful of the inner child/adolescent and redress any earlier unmet needs or unresolved difficulties.
The way we engage with people in our life is a reflection of learned patterns of relating and behaving from our earlier relational experiences. These learned ways of being with and relating to others may no longer be useful or helpful.
If you find it difficult to trust, feel insecure in yourself or with others, are unhappy in your martial or family relationships, or find it difficult to form meaningful relationships or friendships, let's explore this together and learn new ways of being and relating with others.
I have extensive experience of being a school-based counsellor within schools in South-East London and Essex.
As a result I am able to:
Foster good working relationships with Head Teachers, SENCo, Safeguarding leads and school staff to enable the therapeutic work
Work with school and family to understand the concerns about the child/adolescent and determine the therapeutic support needed
I value and play an important role in safeguarding
Work within the school's timetabling constraints
I will work to earn the trust and respect of the staff, by encouraging an open-door policy/informal meetings and if necessary leading training sessions on potential trouble signs for pupils.
School-based counselling offers a more accessible emotional support service to pupils and staff, it helps to reduce the stigma of emotional ill health, fosters emotional resilience and promotes healthy emotional development.
It improves attendance rates as well as learning/academic engagement, which benefits the pupil, school, their families and the community.
The counselling service will require a room which is accessible to all pupils and offers privacy.
I will supply the play/art/creative materials.
I work on a self-employed basis.
If you are looking for a school-based counselling service or would like to further support your pupils emotional health please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07944024448.
Currently and for the foreseeable future I am offering online sessions only.
A Place For All- Shortlands, Bromley
Child, adolescent and parent/family counselling takes place at my home-based counselling room and office in Shortlands, Bromley.
The counseling room is a quiet and safe space, which is well equipped to offer all age groups lots to do, so to encourage play, creativity and enable feeling, thinking and talking.
Adam House- Covent Garden
I also offer counselling sessions at Adam House in Covent Garden, close to and walking distance from Charing Cross, Embankment and Covent Garden underground stations.
Call free day or night on 116 123
0808 800 5000
Bromley Y - Community Wellbeing
A local charity offering free therapeutic support to families and young people up to the age of 18 years.
020 3770 8848
Provides free, confidential support through phone, web, social and counselling for under 25s. It connects young people to experts and their peers to talk about everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.
0808 808 4994 freephone
Helpline for children and young people in danger or distress, up to the age of 18 years.
0800 1111 freephone
Adult, Young Adult & Family Counselling
Following your enquiry, I will make contact to arrange an initial online session/consultation and decide if we are comfortable working together.
This session helps us to establish in more detail what your concerns and reasons for seeking counselling are, together with what you would like to gain from counselling.
Child/Adolescent Counselling (adolescents under 18 years old)
Initially, I like to meet the parent or carer, online, for a consultation to discuss the needs/difficulties of your child/adolescent and your concerns and wishes. This is also a chance for you to meet me, see my counseling room and to understand a little more about how I work.
We will carry out an assessment to formulate a plan of support and discuss consent as well as a suitable weekly time slot for your child/adolescent to come for sessions.
I look forward to hearing from you and together working out a suitable plan of support.
Counselling fees from Bromley:
£50.00- 60-minute initial consultation ( for child/adolescent work, up to 18 years old)
£30.00- 30-minute individual child/adolescent session up to 18 years old
£45.00- 50-minute individual child/adolescent session up to 18 years old
£40.00- 50-minute initial session/consultation young adult (18-21 years old)
£40.00- 50-minute session- young adult (18-21 years old)
£50.00- 50-minute session-parent/family work
£50.00- 50-minute session- adult work
The parental meeting to conduct the review (50-minute) every 6 weeks for the duration of the sessions, charged at £45.00
Any further parental consultation/meeting will be charged at £45.00 per 50-minute
Concession and student rate is available at £35.00 and only upon discussion
Please note I have a 24 hour cancellation and change of appointment policy. Cancellations made within less than 24 hours will currently incur full session fee.
Not applicable at present - Adult/Young Adult counselling fees from Covent Gardent:
£40.00- 50-minute initial session/consultation
£60.00- 50-minute session
Concession and student rate is available at £45.00 and upon discussion
Please note I have a 48 hour cancellation and change of appointment policy. Cancellations made within less than 48 hours will incur full session fee.
Mrs Vida Boreham
5 Martins Road
07944 024 448