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School Counselling Team

We currently have 40 therapists of various modalities working in schools and colleges.
Thank you for your patience whilst this page is being updated with all the team.

Symone Stephens-Morgan

Symone Stephens-Morgan

Art Psychotherapist

I offer an active listening, non-judgemental approach, that aims to identify strengths, work through and overcome challenges, and bring about improved overall well-being. I aim to provide a safe space for parents/carers to feel supported and where appropriate, set practical tasks that can help re-build relationships. In addition to having a Master’s degree in art psychotherapy, I also have a Mindfulness diploma, which may form part of the consultation sessions.

To feel heard and listened to is an important part of forming and maintaining positive relationships. I have learnt this through many years of working with families, adults, young people, and children in a variety of settings including in schools and within the community.  Sometimes creativity can be a useful communicative tool and can capture thoughts, feelings, and emotions when words are too difficult or painful. It can help to tap into the unconscious and what isn’t being said, which overtime, can bring about healing.

I work holistically with parents/carers, recognising the many internal and external factors that contribute to difficulties within parental and family dynamics. Unresolved trauma, culture, identity, and differences are some of the areas I have worked through with parents, carers, and families.
The areas I work with include: Trauma, Attachment, Depression, Anxiety, Low self-esteem, Emotional and Psychological difficulties, Race, Culture, Identity, Bereavement, and Loss.

Karen Lever

Karen Lever

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. I have also completed trainings in child-parent therapy and Couples Counselling

I manage therapeutic services in two London primary schools in Muswell Hill and in Tottenham. I support trainee psychotherapists who are doing their placements in school and I also work clinically with children.  In the Muswell Hill School I offer a safe and confidential space for parents where we explore particular concerns in their family or life events which can include bereavement, parental mental health and family breakdown.

My approach is warm, open and flexible and my hope is to be a nurturing and supportive partner during our sessions.

Isabel Squirrell

Isabel Squirrell

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

I am an integrative child and adolescent psychotherapist and my approach is bespoke to the specific child, teenager or family. Parents are the experts of their children and I hugely value working together. Our goal is to understand the child or young person and to support you in your parenting.

I started my career supporting children with additional needs in schools and developed a passion to find ways to truly meet children who are struggling. It was here that I realised the power of play and the arts to build a therapeutic relationship (I have a little mouse puppet to thank for this!) My experiences with these children inspired me to train as a UKCP child and adolescent psychotherapist at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. I have since been working with a range of children and adolescents and their families in primary and secondary schools as well as in my private practice in North London.

Sama Hunt

Sama Hunt

Art Psychotherapist

For the last 18 years I have worked in adult mental health within the NHS, both in inpatient and community settings. My practice is underpinned by a variety of theoretic and philosophical influences. These include but are not limited to, psychodynamic, transpersonal, existential, Buddhist and object relations.

My therapy practice is trauma informed and I access the unconscious using images to explore of strengths and challenges beyond the reach of words. I also believe that creative process help us to heal and have seen people discover themselves again and again through this type of therapeutic engagement.

In addition to my adult work, for the past 8 years I have worked with young people and their families within school settings. I have also been and continue to support a Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service through on-line and in person Reflective Practice sessions.

I am passionate about working with families and recognise that our current socio- political climate impacts negatively on the already challenging and complex lives of parents, children, young people, and family life as a whole. I see that engaging in therapeutic support can help families recalibrate into healthier ways of being and relating.

Hasret Tekin

Hasret Tekin

Play Therapist and Senior Clinical Supervisor

I am a registered and experienced Play Therapist and Senior Clinical Supervisor with over 20 years’ experience of working therapeutically with children, teens and families.

My modality is child centred and holistic- integrative. I use play and creative arts techniques that are child led, in a non-directive and non-judgemental space. I have a significant amount of experience working in schools, community centres and voluntary sector agencies nationally and internationally, in a variety of roles including school counselling, management of children’s therapy services and women’s aid children’s therapy projects.

As well as delivering workshops to mental health professionals, I also deliver training and workshops to school staff that promote, support and improve staff and pupils’ well-being. My areas of specialism are: child and adolescent mental health, domestic abuse and trauma, culturally sensitive parenting programmes and play therapy and sandplay. I value inclusion and diversity and whole child well-being approaches and interventions.

Nerissa McDonald

Nerissa McDonald

Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

I am an integrative child and adolescent psychotherapist with over 11 years of dedicated experience in primary school settings. As a black therapist, I am passionate about nurturing the mental and emotional well-being of young minds and their families.

One of the cornerstones of my approach is trauma-informed care. I understand the profound impact of adverse childhood experiences on a child’s well-being, and I provide a safe and nurturing space for children to heal and grow. In primary school settings, I place great emphasis on building relationships, not only with students but also with parents and carers.

Additionally, I am deeply involved in antiracism training. I am dedicated to raising awareness and dismantling racial inequalities within educational systems. By providing antiracism training to educators, administrators, and students, I aim to create an environment where all students, regardless of their background, can flourish without the burden of racial disparities.

Through my creative, trauma-informed, and intersectional approach, I seek to inspire hope and healing in the hearts and minds of children, all while working toward a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape.

Elena Konstantinova

Elena Konstantinova

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

I qualified with a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling for Children and Adolescents from the University of Cambridge.  My training is Integrative, and I bring relational, child-centred approach to my practice, also informed by psychodynamic perspective and current neurobiological research.   I incorporate elements of Theraplay, art, drama and DDP models into sessions.   I aim to bring a warm, authentic and boundaried presence to my clients.

I have experience working with young children and adolescents, both in and out of school settings.   The range of issues that I can help young people with include (but are not limited to) anxiety, abuse, emotional regulation, low mood and depression, self harm, self esteem and developmental trauma.

In addition to being a psychotherapeutic counsellor in practice, I have undertaken research into therapists’ experiences of work in secondary schools with a view of transforming practice in this area.

Nella Maguire

Nella Maguire

Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

I am an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. My integrative training allows me to personalise how I work with each client to meet their unique needs. Once a safe and trusting relationship has been established, I hope to give the child the experience of feeling truly seen and understood. I embrace creativity in my practice, using the arts, images, sandplay and play for children and teenagers to delve into their inner worlds.

I have worked with young people and their parents in the education and charity sectors, as well as in private practice in Surrey. My experience includes supporting children with anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, or who have experienced bullying, parental separation, loss and domestic abuse. I also work with neurodiverse children.

Ella Deeks

Ella Deeks

Child and Adolescent Art and Play Therapist

I am a BACP registered child and adolescent art and play therapist with over 10 years experience working with young people. Before training to be a therapist I was a primary school teacher.  I also worked in PRUs and as a nanny, experiences in which gave me comprehensive knowledge of the education, school and care systems and an understanding of the various factors affecting young people’s mental health.

It is my core belief that art, play and self-expression is a powerful way to address issues experienced by many children.   My therapy is always led by the child or adolescent. I guide young people with sensitivity and show them ways in which to express any emotion that they are feeling in a safe, contained way. My approach is integrative and humanistic with the individual needs of each person in the foreground.

I work closely with families in a non-judgemental way, to support them in better understanding their child’s needs.

Cara Lorrimer

Cara Lorrimer

Integrative Child Counsellor

I studied for my Postgraduate Diploma in Child Counselling Using the Arts, at the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education.  My approach is integrative and humanistic and sessions are creative in nature, using a range of tools and resources to enable children to talk about their emotional experiences.

I’ve worked as a freelance counsellor in both primary and secondary school settings and charities such as Grief Encounter and The London Jewish Family Centre. I also offered private online sessions to children, young people and families, throughout the pandemic.

I aim to be compassion focussed and non-judgemental, which enables children and young people to feel safe in exploring who they are and to develop ways to respond to challenges.

Linda Culverwell

Linda Culverwell

Art Psychotherapist

I am a passionate and experienced Art Therapist with a background in arts education as well as continuing my personal art practice. Also, I am the founder of an arts organisation ARTBASH & be, inspiring children and adults to freely express themselves through art making, gaining social confidence and supporting well-being. This experience led me to train for a master’s in Art Psychotherapy at The University of Hertfordshire. I am Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and a full member of The British Association Of Art Therapists (BAAT).

I enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults in the education setting and private practice. I am currenly working in as secondary school setting with Child in Time. I offer a warm, non-confrontational environment exploring feelings and emotions in one-to-one and group sessions. The therapeutic process, enables us to tap into the unconscious and explore making sense of feelings together, supporting clients through their journey of self-discovery.

Lami Buckley

Lami Buckley

Teenage Counsellor (currently completing MA in psychodynamic psychotherapy for children, young people and families)

I started my career as a sexual health doctor, where I developed a particular interest in the well-being of adolescents and young adults. I am BACP-registered with a postgraduate diploma in teenage counselling from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). Currently, I am completing a Master’s, at The Tavistock, in psychodynamic psychotherapy for children, young people and families. 

My approach to counselling is integrative, arts-based, and draws primarily on psychodynamic and systemic theories. I have experience of working, both in-person and online, with young people in secondary schools and colleges across London.

Rebecca Mottershead

Rebecca Mottershead

Child and Adolescent Counsellor

After over 30 years in teaching, I became acutely aware of the impact of mental health on children’s lives and decided to retrain as a Children’s Counsellor.

My style of therapy involves an integrative approach adapted to each client’s needs depending on their age and interests using creative media.

Many of the students are initially referred because they exhibit challenging behaviour in the classroom, which not only puts them at risk of exclusion, but impacts on their relationships with others.  Often the children are wary of adults, and working in a non-directive way, using play and metaphor enables them to bring and explore their feelings in a safe and contained way.

I also work to support the whole school community, offering training sessions for parents and staff to give a greater understanding of how mental health affects both the children and themselves, and gives them tools to support their own wellbeing.

Melanie Walton

Melanie Walton

Play Therapist

I have an MA in Play Therapy and I am registered with the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT), I’m a Filial Therapist and a qualified primary school teacher. I use Play Therapy in a creative way to help children of all ages who require support with a range of social, emotional and mental health needs.

My creative and Child-Centred Play Therapy sessions primarily use play, arts, music and movement – helping children to express and understand the challenges they have experienced.

I have a broad experience of working with children and teenagers with a wide range of emotional and behavioural issues, including: anxiety; depression; hyperactivity or difficulty concentrating and low self-esteem; difficulties at school – including those arising from going to a new school or nursery, family relationship changes – such as a new sibling, bereavement, parental separation; I also have experience of working with children who have special needs.

Nadia Sheltawy

Nadia Sheltawy

Child and Adolescent Counsellor (soon to be qualified as Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist)

Sometimes it’s hard to put what is troubling us into words. I aim to provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment for children, young people or adults to explore their feelings and emotional challenges.

My approach is integrative, meaning that I draw from a range of theories in order to tailor the therapy to the individual I am working with. I follow the client’s interests using play and the creative arts as well as talking which helps me to connect with the child or young person wherever they are developmentally.

I work in an attachment-focused and relational way meaning that the therapeutic relationship helps me to understand the child’s or young person’s relationships with others and how they have learned to adapt to the world. I value each child’s unique self and have a particular interest in all forms of difference and diversity.

Cindy Banjoko

Cindy Banjoko

Integrative Child and Adolescent Counsellor/Psychotherapist

I am an Integrative Child and Adolescent Counsellor/Psychotherapist. I integrate child centred therapy, play therapy, psychodynamic counselling, and cognitive behaviour therapy in my therapeutic work with children and young people. I have experience in helping clients with low self-esteem, anger, emotional issues, eating issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts/ideation, family breakdown and relational difficulties.

With every child or young person I work with I tailor my approach based on the clients presenting issue and developmental level. One size does not fit all in the therapeutic space I provide and I find this empowers my clients.

Elizabeth Cohen

Elizabeth Cohen

Educational Psychotherapist

I was trained at the Caspari Foundation in Educational Psychotherapy and have been a psychotherapist for 7 years. Educational psychotherapy is based on the premise that barriers to learning have a strong emotional component and that difficulties in these areas often go hand in hand. Therapy takes place through the medium of games, toys, books, drawing and conversation.

I work both with primary and secondary aged children and young people in a variety of settings.

I have worked with a variety of issues over the years including the effects of being a Looked After Child, family conflict, separation, divorce and bereavement.

Clare Scott

Clare Scott

Integrative Counsellor

I am an integrative trained counsellor which allows me to tailor the therapy I offer to an individual’s needs and as a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I follow their ethical framework.  I have a level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a level 5 in Counselling Young People.

By creating a calm, safe space and focusing on the issues that are impacting someone’s life.  I hope to enable them to understand and help them process their feelings, thoughts and behaviours.

I have extensive experience working with children and young people from 7 to 25 years old covering a variety of issues including family breakdown, anxiety, self-esteem, ASD, ADHD, loss and identity.

Holly Rhind

Holly Rhind

Integrative Art and Play Therapist

I take a psychotherapeutic approach to my clients, informed by attachment theory, object relations and play therapy practices. I also use mindfulness and emotional regulation interventions.

Always at the forefront of mind is creating a warm and compassionate environment for the child or young person. I believe in treating everyone with sensitivity and empathy. Therapy can feel scary and sometimes it feels like feelings are too difficult to describe. I create a safe space where a young person can feel heard and able to express themselves through different mediums.

Natasha Doulton

Natasha Doulton

Integrative Counsellor (and Play Therapy trained)

I have worked therapeutically with children and young people in the education sector for over 10 years in addition to 7 years counselling adults.  I am also a qualified teacher and specialised in SEN, working with children and young adults for over 10 years.

I am passionate at helping children and adults who feel lost, confused, trapped or overwhelmed; helping them become more resilient and find hope.  That where they are doesn’t have to be the end, but with the right support, and care, it can become a beginning in a new chapter.

Rebekah Lazarus

Rebekah Lazarus

Child and Adolescent Counsellor and Trainee Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

I am a BACP registered child and adolescent counsellor and trainee child and adolescent psychotherapist, with over 7 years of experience working with children and young people in a variety of settings. I have worked in primary and secondary schools in different capacities, young offender’s units as part of an outreach team, as well as children and young people from marginalised communities abroad. This has given me an extensive understanding of working with different backgrounds and cultures and what impacts the emotional and mental health of individuals.

As an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor, I draw upon different modalities to meet the individual needs of the child/young person. This is informed by attachment, psychodynamic, and child-centred theories as well as the creative arts, sand tray and play therapy. I aim to facilitate a therapeutic space where individuals can explore their internal worlds in a safe and relational way.

Clemmie Mason

Clemmie Mason

Child Psychotherapist

I am an Attachment-based integrative Child Psychotherapist working with clients from age 4 up to 18. I qualified with an MA in Child Psychotherapy in 2016 from the Institute of Art and Therapy in Education. This rigorous training provided me with the opportunity to become UKCP certified after I qualified. I have gained experience working in many different primary and secondary London schools with individual children and groups.

My one to one integrative psychotherapy sessions offer children and adolescents a safe, reflective space while I work collaboratively with school staff and parents to find strategies to best support the child. Sessions involve communicating with the child on their level through creative play, drawing, painting, using clay, music, movement, storytelling and more. I use psycho-education, mindfulness and stress management techniques when working with individuals and when running groups.

My experience of running therapeutic services within London schools has allowed me to develop various specialisms, working with trauma, ASD, ADHD & ADD, OCD, anxiety, grief, family conflict, divorce & separation, Looked After Children and adoption.

Testimonials

The Counselling provision at our school is now excellent. This is due to Chloe’s understanding of the needs of pupils, parents and the school as an organization. I would whole-heartedly recommend ‘Child in Time’ to head-teachers considering their own counselling provision.

Head-teacher of Woolmore School, Tower Hamlets

Parent Consultation: They have become much better at expressing their feelings and opening up to me and their siblings.

Parent, 2023

School Counselling: My son has completely turned around and is simply wonderful at the moment. He is back to his normal self at home, being very happy, caring and kind. He is especial kind and caring with his sister and just the best brother ever now. As a family, we are happy and content.

Parent, 2023

It is quality time well spent not letting pupils leave with negative patterns that make them vulnerable beyond school. One of the best decisions I have made.

Head-teacher of St Saviour’s School, Tower Hamlets

You have helped me build a barrier of protection against pain and I can’t thank you enough for that…I have never felt so emotionally strong.

Student, aged 15

Child in Time is a tremendous resource for head-teachers. It’s a consultancy that offers a short-cut to setting up a counselling service in your school with highly trained, qualified practitioners. Child in Time brings peace of mind to staff, knowing that the most vulnerable students are in safe hands.

Tereza Nogueira, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Senior supervisor UKCP

This intervention has had an enormous, positive impact for us all and we sincerely hope that other families benefit from the same programme…his positive behaviour is having a really good impact on all elements of his school life.

Parent of child, age 8

I am glad I am coming to see you every Thursday because I used to hold all these things in my head and that was hard.

Girl, age 10

We are very happy with the counselling service we are receiving and in particular ‘our therapist’s’ flexible and accommodating nature. Parents are very pleased, both the target children’s parents and the consultation one’s too.

SENCO, Rhodes Avenue School, Haringey

She is an outstanding therapist who has made a real difference to the lives of pupils in our school. ‘Our therapist’ possesses excellent skills in connecting with others, creating a safe space for staff, parents and pupils to discuss a range of issues. Her expertise, compassion, and dedication are truly commendable and we have really benefited from her thorough understanding of child development and psychology.

Deputy Head, Highgate Pre-Prep

I want to say thank you. I found these sessions very very helpful. I could talk about anything with you. I remember our first one, when I was so worried that everything was my fault. I can now see things more clearly.

student, age 11