I am Arthi Chicken, a qualified Child and Adolescent Counsellor. I created Room for Resilience to provide therapeutic services tailored to children, young people and their parents. I hold a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and an Honours in Psychology with a Certificate in Psychological Practice, qualifying as a Psychologist as well as a Counsellor in Sydney, Australia. I have had additional training in Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. In the last ten years, I have worked in schools, mental health clinics, community centres and with charitable organisations. Since moving to the UK in 2016, I have worked with Relate in Portsmouth, providing counselling to clients aged 5 to 25 and their families. I am a fully registered member of the BACP and therefore adhere to their code of practice, receiving regular supervision and ongoing CPD.
My therapeutic approach has its foundations in Narrative therapy, an especially respectful approach to therapy, where the client is seen and known as the expert of their own lives and their experiences. It seeks to externalise the problem and highlights the client’s own values, strengths and skills needed to overcome it. Many of us do not possess the language to describe and process painful feelings, and this is especially true of children and young people. Therefore, I use a variety of tools in therapy including art-such as drawing, painting or sculpting with clay, writing, puppets, sand tray and picture cards depending on the interests of my clients.
Along with child and adolescent counselling, I am also passionate about working with parents. Our relationships with the people around us, especially in the first few years of life, greatly influences the way we relate to others and ourselves as we grow older. Therapy can help repair and restore the quality of the relationship between family members, a significant factor to overall wellbeing.
I believe in every client’s capacity for growth, in their abilities to endure hardships and their creativity to solve problems. My role as a therapist is to create an environment of trust and safety, facilitating change and thus making room for resilience.