Teencampsuk camps were started in 2008 by myself and my wife to engage young people to explore their real selves away from their home environment.
I have a minimum of 9 year’s post qualifying experience with a recognised agency and have private client's both young people and adults. I am an experienced Counsellor (8 years) specialising in young people, experienced Mediator with young people and families (10 years), experienced Mental Health Advocate in Mental Health and an experienced Mentor with young people. I have been a Director of Mental Health Counselling and a Mental Health Counsellor for teens and adults. I have an MA, B A Hons Degree in Social Sciences and Humanities and a level 5 Diploma in Counselling. My specialised areas in working with teens are bereavement and loss, trauma in childhood, addiction and behaviour.
Both group and private one to one camps are run by myself (and sometimes with the support and assistance of my wife who is also trained in Counselling skills). I have an up to date Enhanced DBS for working with young people and I am fully insured. My wife and I have previously been approved Foster Carers for 8-16 year olds. I have built my extensive knowledge and experience over the last 8 years working intensively with teens here at Teencampsuk. I have over 14 years experience of working with hard to engage teenagers as an Mentor, Mediator, Life Skills Worker and Counsellor. I believe that my own life experiences are just as important as my professional and academic training in relating to young people. I am Dyslexic and left school at age 15 without any qualifications and was also classed as a "troubled teen".
I have learned that when parents change, their teens around them change, too.
I am an Integrative Practitioner which means I blend different methods of counselling skills and therapeutic work according to the individual young persons needs. I divide my time between running Teencampuk programmes and working with private clients.
Outdoor therapeutic work is much more than just holding sessions in the outdoors. Everything we do at Teencampsuk is designed to create a therapeutic experience for your teen. Whether your teen is building a fire, collecting wood or speaking with their mentor or hiking with field staff, therapeutic work takes place all day, every day. We call this “real time,” or in the moment.
As many parents already understand, assessment and therapeutic work are not just a matter of sitting down and talking. How teens perform in experiential activities such as mastering hard skills, hiking, and working together provides a more realistic way to view effectiveness of the camp. Is your teen “walking the talk” or just faking it?