Nicky Harris

How I work with Children
I work with children and adolescents between the ages of 4 -17, providing a safe space in which they can acknowledge, explore and express thoughts and feelings that may be causing them sadness, anger, anxiety and confusion.

Central to my approach with children is the use of the Arts as a therapeutic tool. My collection of creative materials such as paints, puppets, sand and games can offer the child a way of communicating something that may have been inaccessible or perhaps too painful to put in to words. The familiarity of playing with images, ideas and metaphors, often a child’s natural medium of self-expression, can enable the child to start to process, understand and speak about difficult emotions and experiences.

Adolescents are likely initially to feel more comfortable talking about their issues but once trust in our relationship has established, they often engage with art materials to help their process along. 

Working with Parents
My work with children includes working closely with parents. Before I work with a child, I will meet with parents to listen to and discuss their concerns about their child. I will then see the child for weekly sessions for an assessment period which is between 4 and 6 weeks. After this, I meet again with the parents to discuss my assessment and think together about the best way forward for the child.  This may be to continue with me or I may suggest an alternative support structure. Throughout my time working with children, I have regular feedback sessions with parents. Sometimes I may just meet with parents to support them in helping them understand their child and think about different and more rewarding ways of relating to their child.

Qualifications and Experience
I completed my professional training as a child and adolescent psychotherapist at The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). I have experience of working in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools, in the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), in charities and in Private Practice. I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and am a member of IATE. I have full professional indemnity insurance cover and an enhanced DBS certificate (used to be called CRB) which means that I have been checked and cleared for working with children and young people.

I work in adherence to IATE’s code of ethics and professional conduct which includes the need for confidentiality of the sessions. As a requirement of professional practice, I undertake regular supervision where issues from our sessions may be discussed but such material is always disguised to protect identity.

Length of Sessions
Sessions are 50 minutes and at the same time on the same day each week.

Fees and Payment
£55 for a 50 minute session
£65 for a 60 minute parent meetings

Fees payable by cheque, cash or BACS. This can be paid at each session or by monthly invoice, whichever suits best.

Cancellations and Missed Sessions
Regularity and continuity are important for successful therapy. If a session is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, then 50% of the fee will be charged. 100% of the fee is payable for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice or missed sessions.

Consent Form
I can only work with a child once I have received a consent form signed by a parent.

Getting in Touch
Please contact me by email nickyharris04@gmail.com or on my mobile 07711 868775 if you would like to talk about your concerns regarding your child or to arrange an initial consultation.

Nicky Harris MA
Integrative Child And Adolescent Psychotherapist UKCP