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Education Psychotherapy

Mercian Educational Trust is pleased facilitate access to psychotherapy support via our associate Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist:


Kellie Thursfield, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

MSc Hons in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Bsc Hons Psychology,


Post Grad Diploma in SEND


Kellie is a recently qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, accruing 450 hours of direct work with children and adolescents during her training: in primary and secondary school settings and in charity counselling services both in Birmingham and Worcestershire. Previously to this she worked for 15 years in mainstream and special schools as a teacher, an Inclusions Manager and as an Assistant Headteacher.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is similar to counselling; it is professional support in helping to resolve personal and psychological difficulties and feelings of distress. Psychotherapy is very helpful for longer-term work, on issues such as: attachment difficulties, complex bereavement and developmental trauma. Some students might need less time than this and I can support children and young people for 1 term, 2 terms or longer.


Who can Kellie work with?

Kellie's psychotherapeutic way of working lends itself to working with children with attachment difficulties and with children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma.  The length of work offered also lends itself to this type of work and is also suitable for children in care. Kellie is able to work with children and young people who are experiencing a range of other difficulties and distress and can work over shorter periods of time, for example: those who are experiencing loss and bereavement; have experienced bullying; low self- esteem, anxiety and children and young people with relationship and friendship difficulties.  Kellie is able to work with all children including those with EHC plans.


What will Kellie offer with the service?


  • 1:1 weekly Individual psychotherapy/counselling sessions for children and adolescents.
  • A variety of methods in the delivery of session including: play therapy because of the developmentally crucial qualities it brings; the use of art and creative media and talking therapy.
  • Meetings with school staff to fully understand the need of the child/adolescent.
  • Meetings with parents to fully explain my service; to take a developmental history of the student; to further understand the needs of the child and family.
  • In depth psychotherapy assessment with the child/adolescent.
  • Recommended Plan which will include: suggested number of sessions; aims; parental/school/ review dates to further discuss the child’s progress in psychotherapy
  • Parent reviews to ensure the parents are kept up to date and informed about the child’s progress in psychotherapy.
  • Provide the school with weekly notes, which will be brief and stick to confidentiality guidelines.
  • An individual report about the child/young person at the end of the agreed number of sessions
  • Flexible ways of working with 1 child/2 children/3 children and more.  Each child may need a different length of support depending upon their need. This can be negotiated directly with me and an individual school package agreed.
  • Bespoke training to support teachers/all school staff on mental health and wellbeing topics.