One of our Counsellors, Diane Whitehead, is retiring. It will be phased retirement and any families that she is currently supporting, will continue to be supported. Diane has helped support Little Hiccups families for a few years now and often popped into Stay n Play sessions for informal chats and to help us make the coffees. Diane has also supported Little Hiccups with fundraising as well. She was definitely one of the family and will be greatly missed. We however, thank her for her support and wish her all the best for the future and her well-deserved retirement!
We are however, lucky to be introducing our new Counsellor, Andrew Spicer:
“Hello, I want to introduce myself as I have been given this opportunity to work alongside the team at Little Hiccups in the roll of counsellor.
My name is Andrew and I have had a long career in care (thirty three years and counting!) progressing from being a volunteer, care assistant to adult and children’s nursing, all within a variety of health settings, with a large chunk of this time providing holistic care at Martin House Children’s Hospice where I still work.
I soon realised how important communication is in all areas, especially in care and soon recognised the psychological toll on families with children with complex health needs. So I decided to develop these skills by completing my counselling training (Level 4).
I provide person centred counselling, which means you will have a confidential and safe space, were you will have time to be listened to and most importantly heard.
My approach to the sessions is kind, gentle, honest and non-judgemental. This as to create an environment to explore and reflect, leading to a therapeutic relationship providing support for you with any thoughts and challenges you may be having.
I may see some of you at Stay and Play session on a Thursdays.”
We look forward to introducing Andrew to the team.
The Counselling service is in line with the other services that Little Hiccups offer and is not a stand alone services. It is part of our commitment to help build memories and support the Little Hiccups families. We ask that families are known to us, are registered for at least 6 months and use our other services.