Ross is an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and has been working therapeutically with families since 2012. In working with children and young people he believes in creating a safe emotional space to explore trauma and painful experiences, whilst creating a therapeutic relationship that reflects the uniqueness of each person. Ross uses a playful and non-judgmental approach to encourage clients to be curious about their feelings and experiences. Ross works relationally and uses the mediums of play and the arts to deepen the relationship, and offer ways to explore and integrate experiences by using; sand tray, paint, clay, masks, storytelling, music and drama. Ross’s empathy and sensitivity enables clients to make sense of and manage their feelings and experiences.
Ross believes in ensuring parents and carers are engaged in his work and liaising with wider networks of professionals around children to provide better therapeutic outcomes. He also works with parents, providing a supportive environment for them to think about parenting issues, and empowering them in improving their relationships with their children.
Ross is a qualified youth and community worker and worked in inner city youth centres and targeted youth support projects. For 14 years he worked with bereaved children and families delivering short- and long-term Psychotherapy, and consulting with schools and professionals responding to traumatic events. He has also worked as a school counsellor in both a primary and secondary school; and set up a small counselling service within an Integrated Early Help Team. More recently he has undertaken the role as the Clinical manager in an emotional wellbeing service for 11–18 year-olds working alongside Child & Adolescent Mental Health Teams.
Ross has also completed the basic EMDR training levels 1-3 and level 1 EMDR training for Children. EMDR is a very effective psychological intervention used to treat individuals who have experienced psychological difficulties arising from traumatic experiences and is approved in the UK by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents; bereavement and loss, anxiety, abuse and neglect, trauma, attachment issues, divorce/separation, depression, school refusal. EMDR Adults and Children.
MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (MA); Post Graduate Diploma Child & Adolescent Counselling (PgDip); Post graduate Certificate in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts (PgCert); BA (Hons) Youth and Community Studies (BA), Diploma Higher Education Youth and Community Work (DipHE). Member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) and Member of EMDR UK.