I am Michael Reeves, a UKCP registered Psychotherapist working with children and young people aged 4-18 and/or their parents/carers. I have 20 years’ experience of working with children and over 12 years as a qualified psychotherapist.
I am available for 1:1 child and adolescent psychotherapy (Integrative or Educational), parent-child dyadic work or consultations with single parents or parental couples, including foster carers, kinship carers and adoptive parents.
Why clients seek support
Children who are referred for therapy are usually brought by a concerned parent or carer who might be worried about behaviours or moods or the emotional impact of experiences the child has been through.
Adolescents often have their own hopes for the work – to feel calmer, happier, more confident or more connected and most want to feel more able to cope with difficulties in life. There might be a concern about anxiety-related behaviour, low mood, self-harm, thoughts of suicide, shame and low self-esteem, problems getting on with friends and family or struggles at school, among others.
Often, children and young people are finding it hard to understand, express and manage powerful feelings as a result of either traumatic/ unresolved experiences in the past or complex challenges in the present, or both.
Parents/carers coming for sessions may be wanting support in talking about feelings with their child or helping them to make sense of past hurts. Some are looking to build a stronger or more playful relationship. Others are keen for ideas on how to manage challenging behaviours. Parental couples might be seeking an opportunity to think about approaches to co-parenting and the influence of their own upbringings on parenting styles and values.
All my work, with both children and adults is based around building a trusting relationship. I am interested both in what a client brings on the surface and in what presents itself from the less conscious parts of the self. Play and the arts are an invaluable tool here.
Through acceptance and gentle curiosity, I seek to support clients in knowing and understanding themselves and their relationships with others more fully. This can be a challenging journey at times but it is usually a releasing and rewarding one, reducing feelings of stress, isolation and being stuck. The power of empathic attunement and emotional containment alongside psychoeducation about personal process is, I believe, central to the development of change in my work.
I am available as a clinical supervisor for training or practising therapists and counsellors, whose work is primarily focused on children/families/parents.
I have over 11 years’ experience working for a CAMHS in London, including generic assessment and treatment for children with emotional difficulties in both clinic and school settings, parenting groups, trauma-informed work with schools and clinical work with looked after children and their carers and professional networks. I have also worked for the schools’ wellbeing team within Brighton and Hove Inclusion support service, as a therapist for the Caspari Foundation, and as joint coordinator of a therapeutic story group project. Prior to training in psychotherapy I worked as a therapeutic after school clubs coordinator, primary school teacher, community worker and residential support worker with vulnerable adults.
Training and Qualifications
- In 2006, I qualified with an MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy (Distinction) at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education/ London Metropolitan University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychotherapy at the Caspari Foundation/ Middlesex University.
- Since then I have completed a foundation year in Systemic Practice and have qualified as a Story Stem Assessment practitioner. I have completed Incredible Years parenting training for toddlers. I have undertaken CPD days in Mentalisation-based practice and received peer-consultation around Solution-focused and CBT methods.
- More recently, I have completed level one trainings in Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
- I am also a qualified primary school teacher (PGCE) and have worked as both a class teacher and a SENDCO.
- I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology.
I have an up to date portable, enhanced certificate with the Disclosure and Baring Service which covers work with children of all ages and vulnerable adults. I am a fully registered member of the UKCP.
I am available for appointments from the Lewes Practice.
Contact Michael directly
Michael works from the Lewes Practice on Monday day times, Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
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