Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Parenting Coach
Welcome to my website
In light of current circumstances,
I am offering all my services online using;
Zoom, FaceTime and Skype*
My name is Priscilla Bacon and I am based in West London W5, near Ealing common.
I love helping children live emotionally healthy lives within families where there is a lot of fun.
I also work in schools where I organise Wellbeing Services and give staff training to help them understand and support children's emotional lives in the best way possible so they can be happy and learn well.
I hope that this website gives you some useful information about me and the different ways I may be able to help you and your family.
Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions. I'm always happy to answer any queries you may have!
I am a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, I trained at the Institute of Art in Therapy and Education (I.A.T.E) where I graduated with an Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts as well as an MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy.
I work as an Integrative Psychotherapist so I use different psychological theories as well as neuroscience to help me support children and young people from 3 - 17 years. My clients often use different art materials during psychotherapy sessions with me as this can be a useful way to explore thoughts and feelings without having to use words.
I work as a Parenting Coach by combining my knowledge and experience as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist together with my training and work with Noel Janis-Norton of "Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting". These skills and strategies help families to have a smooth running family life.
I train teachers and school staff so they can understand how and why children's behaviour is directly linked to their psychological experiences. Helping schools to understand this connection helps school communities to support children in a way that optimises both happiness and school learning results.
I am a professional member of UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy), BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their code of ethics.
I am an Advisory Board member of B.A.S.E Babywatching UK, which is a powerful group programme to help children grow their emotional intelligence, empathy and social skills.
I hold an Enhanced DBS certificate as well as professional indemnity insurance.
What Is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a way of exploring conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings that may be getting in the way of living life and enjoying life.
Working with a psychotherapist can help children and young people make sense of their experiences and uncomfortable emotions.
Why Use Parenting Skills?
Parenting skills and strategies can help family life run more smoothly and happily. This enables families to have less day-to-day stress, more positive relationships and a lot more fun together!
Sometimes establishing new routines and strategies can help children learn to understand and stick to the family rules better as well as growing up with resilience and self-confidence.
Psychotherapy and Parenting
How Can I Help?
I can offer practical and emotional support to children, young people and their families by meeting one-to-one or in a family group. I work from my practice in Ealing, West London W5.
I also give parenting talks in schools and run parenting courses in small groups.
Some of the areas I have experience supporting children and young people with are:
Lack of self-esteem or confidence
Peer and family relationships
Difficult life situations
Difficulties with social relationships
I also have experience helping parents with:
Screen time problems
Food and mealtime difficulties
What happens in a Psychotherapy Session?
A psychotherapy session is 50 minutes long and it is normally just the young person and the therapist although sometimes parents come into the session as well so that everyone can try and understand each other a little more.
During a psychotherapy session, a young person can use the therapist to help support them and help them feel safe and confident enough to explore things that have happened in their life and feelings that they have. These explorations can be so helpful in understanding the way we communicate with people and the way we behave in certain situations.
Often, the exploration helps to start a processing of feelings and experiences which means that difficult and uncomfortable feelings change into something more easy to cope with. This may well mean that the feelings are not so overwhelming and are in fact much more comfortable to live with.
The only time a therapist tells anyone what has been said is if the therapist thinks the child may be at risk of danger. This is because it is the therapists's job to keep person safe.
How can Parenting Strategies help?
Parenting skills and strategies help everyday life to be 'Calmer, Easier and Happier' - (Noel Janis-Norton) and this means that families can have more fun and less stress.
Parenting strategies help parents to teach children to do things for themselves. They also help people to teach children to do things that need doing first time they are asked as well as helping children learn to do lots of things automatically, without being asked to do them.
Many families come to me because they would like to have a family life where there is less shouting, fewer tantrums and more laughter!
When children are calm and emotionally healthy their brains work so much better which means their behaviour improves, they enjoy learning and have more fun!
How do we get started?
The first step is for a parent/guardian and me to meet and have a chat about what is going on in a child or young person's life. In the case of a teenager they may like to come with their parent/guardian to this first session. This chat will help me and a parent/carer understand difficulties being faced at the moment by a child or young person and how psychotherapy may help.
This chat will also include me asking questions that will help me form a picture of past experiences that may influence and affect a child or young person and their family.
After this initial chat I can put together a bespoke treatment plan that might include a number of 'getting to know each other' sessions, lasting a few weeks, as well as planning any possible longer term work, lasting several months. The psychotherapy sessions would usually be once a week.
I train school staff to learn about strategies that help to create a calm classroom or how to motivate and inspire children.
I work with staff to help them find ways of using the recent developments in the understanding of neuroscience to inform their work with children.
Staff can gain some really helpful skills that mean all children are supported in their mental health and wellbeing and in particular those children with special needs. This leads to children enjoying school more and learning more as well.
I also train therapists to help them develop their own way of working with parents
Being a parent of a child who has emotional difficulties can be so very hard and painful. Just at the point that a parent would like to feel robust and resilient they are facing huge challenges as they try help their child.
My training helps therapists to find ways of giving support and empathy to parents as well as arming them with strategies to cope with the stress of family life and move forward towards gaining some stability and calm as well as improving family relationships and helping the wellbeing of the family.
How much does it cost?
Please feel free to contact me about costs - it is really important that your psychotherapy sessions and parenting coach sessions are bespoke to your particular child and family.
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) for Clients of Priscilla Bacon-Wilson: As a psychotherapist and parenting coach I am required by law to tell you about how I store and what I do with the information and personal data that you give me. I am required to ask for your consent to be able to keep and to use the information and data in certain ways. As a Child Psychotherapist, I take my clients’ confidentiality and privacy very seriously and I follow a set of rules to help me keep information safe whilst also making sure that I can be the best therapist possible. You can withdraw your permission at any time, and I will remove your information and data from my records following the correct procedures. However, if you would still like to continue working with me then I may have to seek legal advice. What client information and data will I hold? I need to keep information and data so that I can work safely and professionally. This is advised by professional organisations that I belong to, including BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and IATE (Institute for Art in Therapy and Education). The information and data may include: - 1. You and your child’s name and address 2. You and your child’s phone number and email address 3. An emergency contact’s name and phone number 4. Your child’s GP name and contact details 5. Relevant medical information 6. Artwork created during sessions 7. Session notes 8. Payment information 9. My emails to you, and yours to me 10. Invoices You have the right to view the information I hold and change any information; however, client artwork and session notes are private and confidential. This means they are private between myself and my client unless I have reason to believe that my client or someone they tell me about is in danger and when this happens I must legally pass on information to the relevant person in order to keep my client or someone they tell me about safe. When sensitive information and data is finished with by me, I will shred paper information and delete electronic information and data. If I find there has been a data breach of your personal information I will tell you as soon as possible. How, why, and for how long do I keep your information and data? How I keep this information All paper information and data I keep is in a locked filing cabinet or cupboard. All electronic data is password protected. Neither my computer nor my phone is shared with anyone else unless it is required by a technician for maintenance. All labelled paperwork and session notes are coded, rather than labelled by name. My supervisor has your first name and the code I use to identify you as well as your phone number and email in paper form in their locked filing cabinet. Why I keep this information I have been asked to keep some personal information by my professional liability insurer and by my professional organisations (BACP and IATE). I keep session notes to help me keep a record of themes and explorations over a period of time which means I can reflect on my client’s therapy journey. This helps my work as a therapist and allows me to carry out my practice to the best of my ability. As a small business owner, I am required by law to retain certain financial information, primarily for tax purposes. How long I keep this information My professional liability insurer advises that I keep personal data such as your name for seven years after the end of your therapy time with me. After that time, it is destroyed. I will remove any contact details when we have finished our work, unless you tell me that you would like me to retain it in case we work together again in the future My supervisor will destroy any data they hold when you and I finish our work together. When our work together ends, you may take some or all of your artworks away with you. If you choose not to take them, I will dispose of them securely after 1 term. My current policy is to destroy session records three years after our work finishes. If you would like me to retain them for a longer period, please discuss this with me. I keep financial information for 7 years as advised by HMRC. Who sees the information Banking transactions may be viewed by employees of the bank, my accountant, and tax officers (HMRC). My supervisor has your first name and the code I use to identify you as well as your phone number and email. All other information is seen only by me.