Camilla Sim - Senior Associate - Adolescents & Young People
I have been working as a psychotherapist with children, adolescents and adults for over 20 years – both in schools and in private practise. I understand the stresses and tensions of family life and the pressure young people experience from school, peers and social media. Life is challenging for us all at times and therapy can help explore things that feel overwhelming or confusing.
I’m particularly interested in working with traumatic experiences, which often underlie feelings of anxiety and depression. These experiences could be major traumas like a car crash or an emergency medical procedure or something more subtle, but just as traumatic, like bullying, social humiliation, rejection or witnessing an accident. Usually our brains can make sense of these experiences and we move on from them. However, sometimes we get stuck and the experiences can overwhelm us through nightmares, anxious, repetitive thoughts or physical sensations that feel like we’re experiencing the trauma all over again. These experiences often lead to changes in behaviour or unexplained symptoms. I use EMDR which is a safe and scientifically validated method for working with trauma.
I also use Focusing which is a way of listening and tuning in to our intuition or what our body wants to say. If we take the time to make space for this ‘felt sense’ of a situation, we often gain a new perspective or see a next step, however small, that we can take. Both EMDR and Focusing are based on the premise that the body, given the right support, can naturally heal itself.
I appreciate how hard it can be for parents to realise that despite all their best efforts, their child needs professional help and usually I would meet with them first to gain an understanding of their family background and to explore their concerns about their child. However, in some cases, I am happy to see a young person without meeting their parents, if that feels more appropriate.
MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Regents College/City University (1996)
Diploma in Integrative Child Psychotherapy, Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education (2006)
Trauma Focused CBT for Children (2016)
Having done the basic EMDR training I am working towards EMDR Europe Practitioner accreditation.
I have been registered with UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) as an Integrative Psychotherapist since 1998. I am also registered with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and the BFA (British Focusing Association).
I abide by UKCP & BACP codes of ethics. I have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring) check and I hold professional indemnity insurance. As part of the requirements of the above accrediting organisations I have regular supervision and I attend specialist training each year to continue my professional development.
Confidentiality & Notes
I only discuss the content of sessions with my clinical supervisor (which is a professional requirement). If however I believe a client to be at serious risk of harming themselves or others I will take steps to protect them and let them know of any disclosures. Any notes I make will not be identifiable by name and will be stored securely.