Due to COVID19, all sessions will be running ONLINE via Zoom for 8-18-year-olds from now and into 2021.
Why the name Olive Tree?
At the heart of the Olive Tree sits a thick and unique looking trunk.
We can see its hard work and the journey it's been on in order to build a resilience to any kind of rot or sickness.
If a child is given the space to process stress and be supported therapeutically to recover from trauma, then great, thick resilience can grow.
We now know that there are links between emotional trauma in child and adolescent years and long-term mental health issues.
Children’s brains are still developing which makes them much easier to heal and rewire than adult brains.
The Olive Branch is a symbol from ancient Greek mythology of peace.
Olive Tree Counselling provides a therapeutic relationship.
Your child can practice their vulnerable self and learn new ways of being that can help set them up for healthier relationships in the future.
I am a qualified child & adolescent counsellor who trained at the Institute of Art, Therapy and Education for three years.
I am a registered counsellor with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and undertake weekly supervision from a highly experienced child psychotherapist.
I regularly partake in a wide range of CPD courses to develop in my professional practice.
I am fully insured, paediatric first-aid trained and carry an enhanced DBS check.
My therapeutic model is integrative, which means that I can call upon a variety of modalities that would best suit the needs of the individual client.
The work is child-lead and creative-arts based with the application from a variety of theories and neurosciences.
Before working in private practice, I acted as a volunteer counsellor for a charity in Croydon working with young people. I was a volunteer creative-arts therapist in a primary and secondary school in south west London.
I have volunteered with child-refugees and female victims of human trafficking in central London as a therapeutic support worker.
I spent three years volunteering with a charity in the Philippines as an outreach and residential worker, supporting street children, teenage victims of sexual abuse, substance misuse, family/sibling separation and loss.
Post Graduate Diploma in Child Counselling (I.A.T.E)
Foundation Course in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts (I.A.T.E)
Certificate in Counselling Skills Continued (I.A.T.E)
Certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring (Trauma Recovery Centre, Bath)
Further areas of training include: London gang awareness, resilience building, working with suicide, cyber trauma, online counselling tools and bereavement counselling.
Paint can be a powerful tool to express feelings from the unconscious realm. With no rules, nor interpretation, the child is free to be creative and give a clearer picture of what is really going on in their inner world.
A child can bring their own poetry to a session to help construct and verbalise their feelings to the therapist. Lyrics from a song or words written by a figure on social media can be a way for children and young people to find validation and understanding.
By using therapeutic books and/or the therapist writing a personalised story, a child can feel truly heard and understood.
This can allow them to carry on with struggles in life with an added element of ease and acceptance.
Clay is a fascinating tool that can trigger bodily sensations related to past-trauma in the body.
It can help regulate the brain and is used as a grounding technique.
Clay can be used as a safe and effective way of expressing feelings of anger.
The Sand Tray acts as a visual and sensory way for a child to tell their story. The child can use figures to represent characters or feelings. The therapist will then use play to explore the feelings further.
Role play uses characterisation and dressing-up and gives a child the opportunity to try something out before it actually happens.
It can help children work things out from the past and/or imagine what the future could be like.
Play releases positive chemicals in the brain that can give relief to sad and anxious feelings.
Music taps into the unconscious where feelings can lay dormant or stuck, it can therefore be a powerful tool for expressing what words alone cannot always do.
Music is therapeutic as it releases chemicals in the brain that can heal trauma, anxiety and depression.
Puppets allow the child to explore parts of themselves that may be hidden or stuck and would like to be explored. Experimenting with different personalities and feelings can be an important part of their healing journey. Using puppets can be very fun and activates the same part of the brain that play does.
If you would like to find out information on fees and availability, please contact Natalie by phone or email.
Sessions are weekly, at the same time, 50 minutes in duration and are open ended depending on what is best for the child/adolescent.
If you are a child/adolescent and interested in getting counselling for yourself please contact Natalie by either the phone number, email address, Facebook or Instagram link at the top of the page.
If you are a parent/carer of a child under 13 years old, I would need to meet with you to go through an agreed contract and to find out more about why your child wishes to receive counselling at this time.
This can be over the phone or Zoom, at £20 per 30 minutes.