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Erica Ruse Whalley

Erica Ruse Whalley

Arts Therapist in Surrey

Hi, I am a fully qualified accredited counsellor, accredited with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and I work with children, teenagers and adults. I am an integrative counsellor which means that I am trained in a range of theories and techniques some more traditional and some more creative, as I find that the best way to help is to find the ways of working that suit you, and that you feel most happy with.
I have fourteen years of experience as a counsellor, and thirty seven years experience of working with young people and families in schools.I am currently a school counsellor in four schools.
I have compketex extensive training in a highly effective specialist play therapy technique called Jungian, Kalffian Sandplay, which is a very soothing but powerful way of working with children, teenagers and adults, but this is particularly helpful for children having attachment difficulties or adjusting to fostering or adoption, or for teenagers or any individuals who are not so keen to talk about their difficulties. I am also a Barnado's trained "Link" counsellor which enables me to work with all areas of adoption.
Other techniques that I also find to be very effective for all ages are the Emotional Freedom technique, also known as "Tapping" which is very helpful for stress, anxiety and depression or difficult circumstances, and a number of creative techniques using drawing and metaphor.
I also have training and ten years experience with a very positive and psychologically based parenting programme used by CAMHS, and the excellent reward system which firms part of this course enables me to help effectively with difficult behaviour of children.

Background & Qualifications

HND integrative Counselling HND (Couns). Psycho-dynamic, person centered and cognitive behavioural
Solution-focused Brief Therapy
Certificate in counselling children and teenagers through the arts ( Centre for child mental health, Islington)
therapeutic practitioner of Jungian- Kalffian Sandplay, sanplay therapy
Advanced practitioner in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or "Tapping"")
Certificate in Picture Tapping
Webster-Stratton "trouble-shooting for parents" Group Leader qualification,
Clean Language creative counselling using metaphore

My Specialisms

My specialisms are working with all ages in anxiety, attachment, stress, loss and bereavement, all aspects of adoption and Relationship difficulties
for children and teenagers, I specialise in separation anxiety, attachment difficulties, anxiety, depression, stress, bullying, low self esteem, children's sleep difficulties, nightmares and night terrors, eating difficulties, fistering and adoption, loss and bereavement, confidence, social difficulties and perfectionism.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

My approach is to find out about you as an individual, and to find which ways of working are most suitable and comfortable for you. I like to offer a range of techniques as I feel these allow more opportunities for the techniques to help in different ways, many of the creative, sand and drawing techniques are particularly helpful as they do not require you to talk directly about the problem, which some people find more confortabke, especially teenagers.
I usually start working with weekly face to face sessions, but after improvement, we can change to alternate weeks or phobe calks if preferred.
When working with younger children, I would usuallywork with the parent and child for the first session or so, until everyone feels comfortable.
If I am working on behaviour, I tend to have one session with the child, but the next week have a phone session with parents to set new targets and discuss difficulties.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Counselling In Person £45 per 50 minutes
Arts Therapy In Person £37 per 45 minutes
Emotional Freedom Technique In Person £45 per 50 minutes

Additional Rate Information

All types of Counselling for adults 45 pounds all types of Child counselling up to 14 years 36 pounds Teenagers 37 pounds Behaviour work with parents and children 37 pounds for child session one week, alternate weeks 27pounds for parents phone session