She works with a wide range of issues and problems including: depression; anxiety; stress; phobias; obsessive thoughts; compulsive behaviours; eating disorders; body image; substance and alcohol misuse; transition; sleep difficulties; grief/loss; sexual abuse; bullying; self-esteem and confidence; and many more issues.
She is particularly interested in working with families who are experiencing fractured family relationships; issues relating to changes in family life or relationships; parenting issues; and adolescent and child behaviour/mental health.
She has extensive experience working with families who are affected by substance misuse of a relative.
Elaine's ways of workingElaine works primarily from a person-centred approach and she integrates this with a number of psychological and counselling approaches including: Dialetical Behaviour Informed Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, CBT Skills, Emotion Focused Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, and related therapies such as Mindfulness based Therapies.
Elaine believes that each person is unique and she aims to provide a holistic and tailored approach to therapy that is designed to suit each individual's needs and preferences. She believes in building a strong therapeutic relationship with each client and believes this is vital for successful therapy outcomes. Elaine is flexible, open and honest with her clients and believes that collaboration and dialogue are important for understanding the world of the client from their perspective. She believes that the client's needs and preferences should always be at the heart of therapy.
Elaine incorporates Gestalt Play Therapy techniques into therapy sessions with child clients. She believes in the unique potential of each child and will work to identify their core strengths. She will use non-verbal techniques such as drawing, board games, and elements of art therapy in her work where she feels this is appropriate. She also takes into account the child's broader environment and the important people in the child's life in order to better understand the problem/s.
When working with families, Elaine will aim to better understand an individual in relationship with all other family members. Family therapy aims to identify deeply entrenched patterns and unhealthy dynamics within the family system. Interventions are unique, present focused and designed to address the particular needs of the individual / family.
Elaine works with clients on a short-term and medium to long-term basis
Elaine's background and experienceElaine has worked as a therapist in the field of psychology and counselling for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including a residential treatment centre (drugs and alcohol) and has been a consultant therapist working with children who live in foster care. For the past five years, Elaine has been in independent practice working mostly with children, adolescents, young adults and families.
She has a Master's Degree in Psychology (research), a post-graduate BPsych Degree, and an undergraduate BA Degree in Psychology. Elaine has also undertaken several post-graduate masters level courses including a masters level training in Gestalt Play Therapy and comprehensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT Institute of Australia). She has attended various short courses with a focus on working with children who are experiencing emotional and behavioural challenges. She has also completed extensive training in the field of mediation for families who are in the process of separation or divorce.
Elaine charges £90 per session for self-funding clients. She also works with clients referred via their employer/organisation – for further details, please visit First Psychology Assistance.