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CATTY

  • University of East London & Place2Be: Post-Graduate Diploma: Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children in Schools

  • University of Leeds: Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare

  • St Paul's Girls' School: A Levels - History A, Chemistry A and Biology A

Biography & Interests

I grew up in west London, lived in rural Yorkshire for a few years, and then returned in 2015 (happily, though I missed the sheep), in part to complete my Post-Grad in children's counselling and psychotherapy in schools - which I loved and has given me invaluable skills, theoretical frameworks and experience. I work as a part-time Education and Wellbeing Specialist with Brook charity, and also freelance, teaching wellbeing, physical and sexual health workshops in schools all over the south east of England. I also do childcare, with my longest running family relationship now almost 4 years, and volunteer mentoring. It's important to me to be grounded in my community: so most recently I have volunteered at Hackney Shed drama group for 6-14 year olds, including two brilliant performances, and at Hackney Quest youth club, where I often lead the sessions for year 7 and 8s. 

I love being active, and I find it really important to also look after my mind. I meditate, journal, cycle, run, and play football. I regularly go to the theatre, see films, go to galleries and exhibitions. I also always want to keep learning - I am doing my level 1 British Sign Language at the moment which is a lot of fun. I also am a big reader, and am in a book club. I absolutely love my volunteering roles, and all the work I do with children and young people! I'm lucky enough to feel that my work is my hobby. 

Experience & Approach

I love working with children and young people of all ages, and have been lucky enough to have a really broad range of experience: from one-off summer camps with young carers, to doing years of one-to-one children's counselling and psychotherapy using art and play. From doing childcare for the last 7 years with kids 0-12, to a local youth club. I've worked in communities ranging from small-town Mexico to Notting Hill, from Stanmore to Totnes. I love building relationships and trust with young people, and am a big advocate for their rights.

I really love helping children to unlock their academic abilities, take ownership and responsibility for their progress, and find their own unique way to flourish. I experienced a real mix of teachers at school, and I remember clearly what made the best ones: a genuine interest in us as learners and individuals, and a passion and curiosity about their subject - so this is what I try to bring to the mentoring role.