Why Choose TLSMA?

Is your young person/you someone who…

  • Is 10-18 years old (can be flexible, assessment needed).
  • Is struggling with everyday matters such as bullying, peer/exam pressure, relationship worries, lacking in confidence and self-esteem, or something else?
  • Has poor wellbeing, experiencing feelings of loneliness and is overwhelmed with emotions
  • Has had other therapy but still feel more is needed or something different.
  • Can feel things might get worse but want to stop it getting worse.
  • Needs some advice and guidance around safe relationships, keeping yourself safe, safe sex and contraception.
  • Have experienced a difficult life event which is stopping feelings of positivity and is effecting your quality of life.
  • Needs some support with finding the right services to help.
  • Wants support with practical issues such as managing finances, education, courses etc?

Then you are in the right place.

What is a Trauma Informed Youth Mentor?

What is a mentor?

What does being Trauma Informed mean?

Trauma-informed practice/care is not designed to treat trauma related difficulties. Instead it tries to address the barriers that those affected by trauma can experience when accessing the care, support and treatment they require. It’s about how we understand each other, how we speak with and about each other,  and much more. 

Trauma-informed care means taking on a person as a whole, looking at past trauma and the resulting coping strategies when attempting to understand behaviours and work with the client. To highlight this, I use this example; sometimes people only believe victims of rape when they are extremely distressed when describing the assault, because that reaction is perceived to be the normal reaction. However, the truth is, many victims speak matter-of-factly; without affect or visible emotion about these traumatic events. This doesn’t mean that a victim is lying, it is just the way the victim has learnt to cope with what has happened to them.

What is Person-Centred Counselling?

Counselling is not something I directly offer however it is integrated into my approach. Carl Rogers (founder) states that given the right conditions, a person can reach their full potential and become their true self. This process is innate and accessible to everyone. I will accept and value you, being honest and transparent in how I experience you and I will be empathic with my understanding – seeing things from your view. I will encourage you to lead the sessions, bringing your own issues, exploring your feelings, behaviour and beliefs so that you can become more self-aware and achieve greater independence. A long term goal is to help you discover your own abilities, and feel empowered to cope with current and future problems.

Who knows what it is like to be you, other than you? You are your own expert.

What is an NLP Life Coach?

Neuro-linguistic programming is considered to be one of the most useful and accessible tools to come from modern psychology and can assist with a number of different difficulties. NLP is a way of changing someone’s thoughts and behaviours to help achieve desired outcomes for them, encouraging clients to transform limiting self-beliefs and move out of their comfort zones. Breaking barriers and taking chances only helps to develop a fuller, happier and infinitely more satisfying life. In addition, it gives ways to develop the resilience to overcome any setbacks that would otherwise get in their way. NLP is used as a method of personal development through promoting skills, such as self-reflection, confidence, and communication.

I have chosen to offer services as a NLP Life Coach, as those that know me will know that I am very proactive and enthusiastic, I love to set goals and help people reach their dreams. The role of a coach/mentor supports people in doing exactly this, I am passionate about doing this and really enjoy seeing people succeed. I also believe that NLP is an invaluable skill to have, it fits with my approach and what offer to young people.

What Professional Body’s are you registered with and accredited by?

I am a Senior Member of the Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists. I am a member of the Association of Coaching and will the Association of NLP. I am also a member of the PACEs Connection, The Complex Trauma Institute, Norfolk and Waveney Acquired Brain Injury Network, Voluntary Norfolk Network, VictimFocus Charter, Contextual Safeguarding Practitioners Network and on the mailing list of the UK Trauma Council.

What is a Professional Body and why is it important to be an active member?

A Professional Body is an organisation with individual members practicing a profession or occupation in which the organisation maintains an oversight of the knowledge, skills, conduct and practice of that profession or occupation. Membership shows that someone has reached a certain level of expertise in a profession, a criteria has been met to be able to be a member and adds to credibility. It also shows that that person is serious about their career and professional development. Joining a professional body has a range of benefits, such as: the opportunity to network with other likeminded professionals opportunities to seek advice and discuss ideas with others in similar positions attend conferences, courses and events seek information and guidance on topics receive news and updates.

Why do you specialise in trauma and relationships?

For the past 11 years, I have worked with people in a caring profession, supporting those who need some support. I work part time as an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor and have done for nearly 4 years. During this time I have worked with under 21’s who have been sexually assaulted by penetration. I have worked with lots of young people who have found themselves in difficult situations when it comes to relationships with others, every young person I have worked with over the years has suffered trauma; I am experienced in working with these aspects of a young person’s life.

I am trained in lots of varied areas which have helped me to understand how to best support young people. This training includes: Developmental Trauma, Psychoeducation, ACEs, Pre-trial therapy, Safeguarding level 3, C-Card, Restorative Justice, Relationships Sex and Education, working with self harm and suicide, keeping safe, trending drugs and more.

What TLSMA isn’t…

Although I am a trained counsellor and have used these skills over the years and they are integrated into my approach, I am not offering a counselling service. I offer EMDR and an NLP Coach/Mentoring service, alongside some group workshop programmes. The service is not for young people who are in crisis (although I recognise this might happen in the young persons time with us and I am equipped to deal with this). It is a prevention and motivational mentoring service to enable young people to achieve their goals.

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