Samia Quddus BA Hons (with QTS), PGDip, PGCert, MBACP
A highly specialist practitioner with a background in primary education
and Special Educational Needs (SEN) expertise in Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH).
Samia has recently completed specialist child and young person’s counselling training with the UK’s leading children’s mental health charity, Place2Be. The Postgraduate Diploma qualification is validated by the University of East London and is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the main regulatory body for counselling psychotherapy in the UK. She specialises in providing therapeutic and emotional support to primary school aged children and young people in secondary schools. Samia is currently a Place2Be counsellor at a North London primary school and will be commencing secondary school practice within similar locality.
As a Registered Member of BACP, Samia works in line with the BACP Code of Conduct and Ethical Framework. She regularly partakes in continuing professional development (CPD) and receives recommended supervision as outlined by BACP guidance. Samia adheres to school policies relevant to Safeguarding and Child Protection. She is fully insured and registered with the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Update Service.
Counselling and School Experience
Samia's counselling training and post qualification experience has predominantly taken place within a school setting where she has accumulated over 200 clinical hours. She has trained with an integrative counselling model which allows her to draw on the strengths of various counselling approaches. Her approach is client-led with focus on art creativity and play as a space for engagement as well as talking therapy for young people.
Samia's teaching background of 14 years and SEN specialism in SEMH has exposed her to a broad range of school environments and diverse backgrounds. Her current practitioner role involves supporting the social, emotional and academic needs of secondary school aged pupils. She has a sound knowledge of collaborative practice having worked closely with school staff and external specialist staff ranging from Inclusion Manager, SENCO, Educational Psychologist and Speech and Language Therapist. Samia's collective experience makes her an ideal school counsellor.
As a British Bangladeshi, Samia understands the complexities many South Asian and BAME communities may experience with mental health interventions. She employs a cultural and faith sensitive approach in all her work.
What I offer
Samia provides one-to-one confidential counselling to pupils responding to their personal, social or emotional concerns. Through the medium of play, she explores presented thoughts and feelings that may be triggering difficulties. Samia offers both short-term early intervention and more long-term support if required.
One/ two day a week dedicated visit
Ability to take four - five clients based on school referrals and assessment
45-50 min sessions per child
Use art creativity and play within therapy to help children and young people tell their story in non-verbal means. Support young people with talking therapy approach if preferred
Model how to put words to thoughts, feelings and actions to process and help children and young people better understand themselves
Offer a lunchtime drop-in service
Consultations/ Review meetings with key staff addressing areas of pupil concern, progress and practical tips for classroom support
Email* for further information.
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