Calm Space Counselling
Counsellor for Adults, Children and Parents and Play Therapist in Croydon, Surrey
Hello & Welcome
Hello. A very warm welcome to my website, I’m Erica. I offer counselling in Croydon, Surrey for Children, Teenagers and Adults. At the moment this is online or on the phone, due to lockdown.
We all have times when things aren’t going well for us, and the usual support of talking to friends or family doesn’t seem to be helping enough.
At these times, talking to a therapist that you feel comfortable with can help you to explore and understand what is going on for you, and to find new strengths and ways of moving forward.
I would offer a warm, accepting and confidential space, and would tailor our work in ways that are most suited to you. I understand that it can be daunting to contact a counsellor. I offer a free initial phone call to discuss how I can help, which gives us the opportunity of getting to know each other a little, and if you are happy to continue working together, we can make plans from there.
I hope you find the information on my website useful, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss how I can help, or if you would like to ask any questions.
People come to me for counselling and play therapy from West Wickham, Kent, Warlingham, Shirley, Beckenham and further afield.
We all have times in our lives when we have difficulties with distressing feelings, stresses, experiences or relationships, and when the usual solutions such as talking to family or friends, no longer seems to be helping.
“As a family we are once again very happy and full of hope for the future; and as far as our daughter is concerned her confidence and self-belief have returned in abundance.”
“I've found my sessions with Erica to be highly insightful. I appreciate the non judgemental, safe space she creates during each of our sessions.”
“We started using Erica when myself and my daughter started to quarrel a lot. Erica helped us both get our relationship back on track by giving us the tools and encouragement to do this.”
“Erica was very good at assessing my son’s needs, working with him, then reassessing to check that things were moving forward (which they were).”
Who I Work With
Counselling with Children & Teens
Specialising in techniques for children and young people; Sandplay therapy, Picture tapping, and therapeutic drawing techniques. All of these techniques are particularly good for young people who are not so keen to talk in detail as they are creative, but highly effective as they tune in to the root of the difficulty in the deeper unconscious mind.
Counselling with Adults
I work with all emotional, relationship and life change difficulties, including: Anxiety, depression, grief and loss, panic attacks, relationship difficulties, stress, child related difficulties/parenting, confidence, adjustments to life changes, work related issues, identity issues, managing difficult feelings
Behaviour and Parenting Advice
When I am counselling children and young people, I work quite closely with parents. However, some parents may just be seeking some parenting or help to understand and manage their child’s feelings, behaviour, or difficulties, and I offer short term phone sessions or face to face sessions.
Stammering, Selective Mutism and social communication skills
We are able to offer you a unique programme to help with selective mutism and stammering, combines speech therapy and counselling approaches to provide holistic support for your child.
“Erica recently helped my 22 year old daughter get through a very tough period whilst studying for her Masters Degree. Erica was there at the drop of a hat and made contact with my daughter immediately, She listened for over an hour to my daughter who at the time was in great distress.”
Ways Of Working
Sandplay is a creative, soothing and very effective therapy for children, teenagers and adults. What makes it a very special therapy, is that it works deeply but gently directly with the deeper unconscious mind, where long lasting change takes place.
Tapping (EFT) and Picture Tapping
Picture tapping is an amazing technique, which is creative, absorbing, gentle, but powerful. It involves focusing on any current difficulty, and with the support of a way of working together, a series of several pictures are worked on, which naturally change in a positive way during the process.
Lego express therapy is used as a technique alongside other therapeutic activities. In a similar way to the Sandplay, a special selection of “story-telling” and symbolic Lego pieces and figures are available for the young people to choose from as they “ build” a picture.