MEET THE TEAM

Maureen Gordon

I have extensive experience in counselling adults, children and young people in the community those who are facing many different problems including depression, self-harming, bereavement and loss, anxiety issues about school and exam pressures.  I have worked in several high schools where I provided counselling support to students age 11- 18. I supported students to not only work through the personal difficulties that they came  to counselling for, but also to look at how these difficulties can have a detrimental impact on their studies and future goals and aspiration.

WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

When working with younger children I use play therapy approaches to enable better communication between myself and the child and this aids in supporting them to tell their stories. Play therapy is suitable for primary age children but can also be useful with some children in secondary education. Within school settings I also offer a pastoral/counselling support to teachers as well as providing training and advice to teachers and pastoral staff on how to work therapeutically with children and young people.

WHAT EXCITES ME

I receive the greatest pleasure when Parents, Young people and professionals have seen change in the situation that they have been facing within themselves and come back to say thank you.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

I am also a trained Counselling Supervisor with a CPBAB level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision. I have supported students who are completing their counselling qualifications as well as those who are already qualified counsellors in work based placements. In my previous career I worked in the social care field as a social worker for more than 25 years this has involved working in “Looked after Children teams” including work with Refugee Children and Child Protection as well as in fostering as an Assessor.

QUALIFICATIONS
- Dip Soc Social Work (CQSW )

- Advanced Diploma in Counselling

- Master’s in Education from Cambridge University

- CPCAB level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

- Seminars conducted: October 2018 Mental health and well-being/ Nov 2018 and Jan 2019 Stepping out in confidence/self-esteem.

- Author: Current book aimed at young people is called Finding Your Ways through the Maze- a guide for teens and pre-teens growing up in the 21st century. A work book for young people going through adolescence.




The Hope Tree Affiliations:
    - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
    - We abide by the BACP ethical framework for counselling and psychotherapy.
    - Community Chest Funding received from Moat Housing
    - From November 2018 the Hope Tree became a Community Interest Company, we are now able to attract more funding streams




 




2018-2019 What the Hope Tree has been up to in the last year


  • Children and Parent activity days
  • 40 children including parents attended our family matters activity days in Ashford during the half term holidays.
  • 21 children received counselling support in schools and in the community. Including family meetings and consultation with professional staff.
  • Provided support in a school’s nurture provision





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