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Author, Samia Quddus is delighted to have a piece on her children's picture book Freya's Funny Feeling featured in June's 2020 edition of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Children and Young People's magazine. 

In this piece Samia describes her personal and professional experiences that led to the creation of her story, much of which was inspired during my time as a Special Educational Needs teacher in Doha, Qatar and later developed through her therapist training with the children's mental health charity, Place2Be . As an emerging author, it is wonderful to share the platform with more popular authors like Matt Haig and Tom Percival to raise awareness of mental health issues within a fictional realm in books and give young children a tool to help them understand their feelings. Much credit to the BACP, the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, for bringing the story to the attention of mental health professionals to utilise in their therapeutic work with young children.

Media 

Islam Channel, June 2020

Guest appearance in Living the Life 

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Islam Channel, The Today Show: 7th December 2021 (Episode 56)

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Mental Health Expert, Seasonal Affective Disorder

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BACP June 2020

Samia Quddus features in the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Children and Young People's magazine June 2020. Samia speaks about the inspiration behind her children's picture book, Freya's Funny Feeling.

Visyon Children and Young People Mental

Our children’s emotional well-being story was selected by Anne Marie-Hawley, an integrative therapist, for reading during COVID19 lockdown in May 2020 for Visyon, a Cheshire based young people’s mental health organisation.

Freya's funny feeling featured in Toydrop magazine, 2019

Freya's funny feeling chosen as one of six picture-books to support children's emotional well-being on World Mental Health Day, 2019.

Freya's funny feeling at school

Freya's funny feeling was chosen by teacher Miss Mary Clarke to read virtually to her pupils' during the COVID19 lockdown in June 2020.

Freya's Funny Feeling Review by Ivy's Library

'This is a gorgeous book, which does a fantastic job of explaining that uncomfortable nervous feeling in a toddler-friendly way. Ivy grasped the concept straight away and it sparked a really lovely conversation about what the butterflies might look like when you feel angry, sad or scared.'

Samia Quddus features in BACP CYP magazi

Samia Quddus shares her second contribution piece in June's British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Children and Young People’s magazine. This beautifully illustrated collaborative lead article 'Counselling CYP in the time of coronavirus' provides honest, personal and professional opinions from 7 contributors. Samia'a piece explores the hijab and her attempts to build connections with the young people she works with.

Freya's funny feeling featured in Amalia

Freya's funny feeling was featured alongside 19 other children's books promoting diversity in festival celebrations.

Samia Quddus features in BACP CYP magazi

Samia Quddus in the BACP Children, Young People and Families Magazine; December Issue 2019. Samia shares her thoughts on Trauma Conference 2019 as well as areas for professional consideration when working with trauma and communities that carry a wider identity.