About Aleph

Thank you for visiting my site. My name is Carrie Gaye.

I have twenty years’ experience in working with children and young people in education, and eighteen years’ experience as a counselling therapist.

When we take a therapeutic approach to education, it enables young people to engage in their learning with greater interest. It helps them to make meaning of the topics that they study, and to understand difficult concepts more fully. We also find that learners are likely to develop a greater sense of self worth, along with the confidence to ask questions freely, while growing the skills that they need for discussion and debate.

Unfortunately, many children and young people suffer learning-related anxiety. An important feature of the Aleph approach is that it creates a stress-free and rewarding experience in which fears about learning are identified and addressed with sensitivity. In fact, many young people who appear to be experiencing learning difficulties are actually suffering from anxiety, which causes the blocks that appear as difficulties. Please click on ‘How my approach is different’ for more information.

My qualifications:

• Advanced Diploma in Education (Language and Literacy)

 • Diploma in Integrative Counselling

• Certificate in Health and Social Care

• Certificate in Delivering Learning

I am an associate of Synthesis Training of Tyne and Wear. My Therapeutic Learning Programme forms a module in The Certificate In Groupwork In Delivering Learning, an NCFE accredited course of learning by Synthesis.

My background and experience:

I was brought up in East London, where I lived and worked until 2005. Being part of that multicultural environment cemented my commitment to equality; I challenge assumption and discrimination whenever it arises. I was a vocational trainer and practitioner for over thirty years, those years having been my grounding in social awareness. I began to re-train in 2000, subsequently qualifying and practicing in the areas of mental and emotional well-being, social care and education. As a student of Integrative Counselling my training placement was in the Secondary Mental Health sector, with the Psychological Therapies Service (NHS) in Plaistow, East London. After qualifying I stayed on to benefit from additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with specialist Denise Abel. During this time I developed my own approaches to play therapy for children in primary schools, along with new ways to empower children and young people in using literacy.