Philippa Downs Counselling for Children

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Counselling and Play Based Therapy for Children and Young People. PGDip., MBACP


I am a Registered, Integrative Child Counsellor offering Counselling and Play Based Therapy for children and young people and Support for Parents.

I work with children using creative materials, play, games and toys. I also offer talking therapy to young people and children who prefer this approach.

As well as my work with children, I also work with parents and families, helping them to understand and manage their child's behaviour outside the counselling room. I am trained in Child Parent Relationship Therapy, which supports parents in enhancing their relationship with their child using basic play therapy skills at home.

I trained at Post Graduate level with the country's leading Children's Mental Health charity and am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am fully insured, with an enhanced DBS certificate.

I am based in Wimbledon, South West London, but also able to work in schools in Raynes Park, Putney and Wandsworth.

Issues I work with include but are not limited to:

  • Behavioural and Emotional problems at home/school
  • Anxiety/worries
  • Bullying/Friendship issues
  • Anger
  • Confidence/Resilience
  • Attachment issues
  • Parental Separation/Divorce
  • Parenting support and advice
  • Domestic abuse
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Academic worries and Exam stress
  • Transitions and change (eg starting secondary school, moving house/school)
  • The effects of Addiction/substance misuse on the family
  • Supporting families with parental physical or mental ill health

    Looking for a counsellor for your child can feel very daunting. Please have a look through these pages and email or call me for a chat if you have any questions. We can decide between us whether I can help you and your family, or whether we can find another source of support which is more appropriate.

    Child Counselling and Play Based Therapy

    Children and Young People can sometimes struggle with big feelings which are difficult to explain or understand and can become overwhelming. Or children may find it difficult to express themselves and be playful. Whether a child is coping with explosive, upsetting or turbulent feelings, or struggling with debilitating shyness, their ability to concentrate in school, make friends and achieve in all areas of their lives can be affected. Working with a trained counsellor can help children begin to understand their feelings and put words to their emotions so that they can communicate better with their family and peers without resorting to problematic behaviour. Play based therapy can also help children increase their self confidence and resilience and manage worries and anxieties better.

    There is more information explaining Counselling and Play Based Therapy in the relevant section of this website. There is a message for your child here if you would like them to have a look at the website.

    How I work with children

    I specialise in counselling and therapy using play and creative materials with children from aged 4 up to secondary school age and I work either from my practice in Wimbledon or if the school is in agreement, at the child's school. I work in partnership with schools (in collaboration with parents) to ensure that the child and family get the best possible support. I can see children in schools in Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Putney, Raynes Park and other local areas in South West London, depending on my availability.

    I have a wide range of toys, games and art materials for children to use - some benefit from the freedom of exploring their feelings through play, and others prefer to talk. We can work effectively in whatever way suits your child, there is no "right" way to work. My training allows me to be flexible and intuitive, drawing on knowledge of Child Development, Attachment Theory, Psychodynamic, Systemic and Person Centred approaches.

    How I work with Parents

    I offer a variety of options for parents ranging from a single consultation to more indepth, ongoing work. Sometimes it is useful to work with the parent/s alone and sometimes it is more helpful to work with parent and child together. We can discuss this in more detail on the phone or when we meet.

    Resilience and Mental Health

    Even in difficult times, when problems feel overwhelming, everyone has their own strengths and resiliences, and part of my role as a counsellor is to support children and parents to utilise their own resources, rediscover and build on what works well in their family.

    School Counsellor

    I have worked as a school counsellor in both primary and secondary schools, working individually with children and also running groups for children with emotional and behavioural issues. I have also facilitated support groups for parents and am used to working with schools and families to ensure that the child gets the best support possible.

    Families affected by Bereavement

    I have worked as a Bereavement Counsellor with children, young people and their families after the loss of a loved one, including complex and traumatic bereavements such as suicide, sudden death and long term illness.

    Families affected by Parental Drug and Alcohol problems

    I also support children and families affected by parental problems with drugs or alcohol. This is a very under resourced area and there is limited support for children under 18 affected by this problem, despite evidence showing that many hundreds of thousands of families are living with this situation. Please click here for more information and call me to find out how to get support if you think that someone in your family is drinking too much or taking drugs.

    My practice is in Wimbledon, within easy reach of Merton, Raynes Park, Putney and Wandsworth, South West London

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