I provide highly specialised counselling sessions to children and teenagers in Maidstone and Vigo, Kent. As a fully licensed counsellor, I have worked in a range of environments, including primary and secondary schools, and foster organisations that have provided me with an intimate understanding of the children and young people’s psyche.

I work with young people who have experienced or suffer from:

  • Anxiety

  • Low self esteem

  • Family breakup

  • Bereavement

  • Illness and loss

  • Attachment issues

  • Anger

  • Parental addiction

  • Physical, emotional and sexual abuse

And more: this is not an exhaustive list and I am always happy to discuss your unique circumstances in more detail and provide you with a comprehensive solution.

In addition to the counselling services outlined above, I also provide an effective brief therapy, tailored specifically towards child trauma, PTSD and phobias.

Telephone: 07894 858677

Email: april.clarkley@protonmail.com 



How does counselling work?

I strive to establish a confidential, non-judgmental and supportive environment in every counselling session. This ensures your child can safely explore, understand and work through difficult emotions and issues.

Counselling encourages your child to express any negative emotions and cognitions, and develop effective coping mechanisms and management strategies. For many children, recognizing and talking about their feelings can be a challenge so I also offer the use of various art materials, sand trays, toys, and puppets, that can help a child’s expression.

My qualifications and experience can be found here.


How often are sessions?

Each session lasts between 30 and 50 minutes (depending on your child’s age) and is usually scheduled on the same day and time every week. I normally recommend your child start with 6 sessions but we can always adjust these if more sessions are needed.


What is my role as a parent or caregiver?

I believe working closely with a child’s parent or caregiver is a critical part of the process. Normally, I will contact you to ensure we can meet at a convenient for you time before the therapy begins. This meeting allows me to gather information about the child and answer any and all of your questions regarding the therapy process.

Once we have met the counselling sessions can begin. Anything a child shares with me is kept confidential, and I explain this to the child at the start. To facilitate a therapeutic environment, I also ensure the child knows they’re free to talk about their sessions, feelings or struggles outside of the room as they see fit.

I will arrange follow up meetings with parents and carers to review how the counselling is going. During this time, I also offer support and strategies to the child and parent when appropriate. 

Normally, young people between the ages of 16 and 18 don’t require parental consent or meeting but if necessary, these will only be carried out with the explicit agreement of the client.

Therapy for children and teenagers in Maidstone
Counselling and play therapy for children and young people. in Maidtsone, Kent.