I am primarily a registered Art Psychotherapist who has worked as a school counsellor at Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur since 2013. I graduated with a Master of Art Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire and a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. I am also a full (professional) member of the British Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
My experience ranges from working with traumatized children, adolescents and adults who have experienced severe abuse to supporting Third Culture Kids as a school counsellor in an international school setting. I have also worked with refugees, addiction groups and teachers in a wide variety of schools in the UK, Canada and Malaysia. I also enjoy facilitating workshops and training counsellors, staff and parents in trauma, TCK’s and loss and transition and presenting at conferences.
My counseling philosophy and approach has developed over time and with experience. From my initial art psychotherapy sessions with Native American children in Vancouver, to providing counselling support for privileged children in Malaysia, the core of my counselling philosophy is:
· Child centred care and safety is central.
· Therapeutic trust is essential for issues to be safely explored.
· Confidentiality is kept unless the student is at risk.
· It is not for me as the ‘expert’ to tell a student how they should be thinking, feeling or what they should be doing. Empowering the student to find the answers and/or solutions within themselves facilitates personal development and growth.
· Art psychotherapy is my main therapeutic mode of choice, however, I have a wide range of other approaches which I also use when working with children and adolescents.
· International school students are in a unique situation where cultural awareness and sensitivities apply when supporting them and their families.
· What is really being said? Active listening and being present are vital.
· If you are not sure, ask. Communication is key.
A great turn out at todays parent workshop on “How to Relate to Your Child” using the Five Love Languages developed by Dr Gary Chapman. This is a method that I have used in both my work and personal life and seen how affective it is in identifying the most effective way in relating to children, …
May 2015 saw Garden International School host for the first time in South East Asia the Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment training . We were were also delighted to have Carly Raby, the founder of Luna and developer of the technique, C.A.T.T. Both level 1 and level 2 CATT courses were delivered by Luna Children’s Charity and led …
It was great having the opportunity to introduce Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment (C.A.T.T.) to the 2015 EARCOS Conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Having completed my trainer level CATT course in London before relocating to Malaysia, I wanted to provide CATT training for school counsellors from across the region. Once GIS agreed to host the event, …