Hi, I’m Katy
I have over 25 years of experience in successfully facilitating behaviour and mindset change for positive outcomes in kids through the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I am a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapy practitioner, Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Coaching, Time Line Therapy and Hypnotherapy. ( I also have degrees in teaching and special educational needs and an NVQ level 5 in Health and Social Care.)
I love working with kids I always have and I’m good at it. Especially the ‘problem’ ones. I’ve had lots of practice as I have two of my own. I totally and completely understand how hard it is to be the kind of parent you want to be. I also get it when things get tough. You feel you’re doing your best but boy it’s hard.
I spent years trying to juggle long hours and running an intense and demanding business with trying to provide a good family life for my kids, manage their sometimes very challenging behaviour and still have some life for myself (yeah right!). I have to admit I didn’t do a particularly good job of it. I did what I thought was the best at the time. It was so difficult to accept that I could work wonders with other people’s kids but found it so difficult with my own. It's really hard to ask for help and support with parenting, I think we have the misconception that we are just supposed to know what to do and if we don’t we’re ‘bad parents’.
I want to use my knowledge, experience and hindsight to support and empower other parents to not feel judged, to feel ‘good enough’ and to have some life for themselves too.
Having worked in an education and residential care setting as a senior manager for many years with children whose only option was to be cared for ‘in the system’, I realised that I wanted to be at the heart of where the work needed to be done – within the family.
Hi I’m Andy
For the past 16 years, I have had the pleasure (yes really) of working with young people, from all different kinds of backgrounds, with various behaviour and emotional difficulties. At times this was one of the hardest jobs I have ever undertaken including basic training for the army!! However, the personal satisfaction that comes from having some of the young people I’ve cared for contact me to tell me how they’re doing, holding down jobs, living back with their families and even starting their own, makes it all worth it.
I have trained as a behaviour specialist, redirecting negative behaviour, producing positive outcomes, not only for the young people but also by supporting the whole family and helping them implement some of the strategies I have used thereby enabling them to become a family again.
WHAT KEPT ME GOING THROUGH THE DIFFICULT TIMES?
Being thanked by a mother or father with the words:
“Thank you for giving us our son back”.
Due to various problems in my early years, I found myself at a boarding school, so I can empathise with youngsters who find themselves in a similar position. The main feelings for me were betrayal and isolation. Holidays at home were difficult as I no longer had a peer group and this stayed with me for many years after returning home at the age of sixteen and on into adulthood.
As a father of twin girls, I know the trials and tribulations young people experience in the modern world. Wasn’t the world a much easier place when I was growing up? (although I didn’t think so at the time) I was also thrown head first into a ‘double dose’ of parenthood but I did have an ace up my sleeve! My child behaviour training. I employed many of the strategies I learnt at work with my own two (even successfully working on a needle phobia for the one who was training to be a nurse!!) with startling results. This got me thinking that the best place for troubled youngsters is to be cared for, in their own home wherever possible.