Hello, I’m Emily.
I’m a Child Therapist, I have worked creatively with children, young people and families for over fifteen years. I have helped many children through difficult times using play and the arts to communicate emotions, often in a way words cannot. I’m also a trained yoga teacher, have an interest in the neuroscience of emotions and teach mindfulness, visualisations as well as other techniques to help the body cope with anxiety and strong emotions. I have an interest in the therapeutic benefit of nature and animals leading me to work alongside Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust to assist on their therapeutic programme for young people. I look after my own wellbeing with frequent walks on Dartmoor with my dog which ensures I can provide expert child therapy services.
I am now seeing children and parents in person with Covid safety measures in place. Some services can also be provided online or by phone if preferred. For more information please read my COVID Policy here.
How I can help
The process starts with a phone call to explore your concerns, this is usually followed by a number of assessment sessions where a treatment plan is decided. If I am unable to help I will signpost to other services.
“A child’s journey in therapy is a brave one, they learn to trust, explore, experiment, feel deeply, face fears and step into unknown places where change is possible”
– EMILY BURNS
“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future”
– MARIA MONTESSORI
What I can help with
- Academic worries
- Behavioural/emotional difficulties with unknown cause
- Body image issues
- Domestic abuse
- Family mental health difficulties
- Friendship issues
- Illness and medical conditions
- Learning Difficulties
- Parental illness
- Self esteem
- Strengthening child parent relationships
Reassuring you & your child
A Message to your child
When you come and see me we work it out together and things usually start to feel better. Sometimes we will play games, draw or talk depending on what you like to do.
We’ll have some fun together and learn what makes us have different feelings, why those feelings are important and what might help things feel easier.
There’s no right or wrong and you won’t have to do anything or talk about anything you don’t want to.