I’m Catherine Vāse and I work with children, young people, parents and caregivers. My role, as an integrative child psychotherapist, is to help and support my clients through difficult life experiences, helping them make sense of feelings, heal, transform and build healthy relationships with others.
Does your child need some extra support? From time to time, just like adults, children and adolescents also face challenges in their lives. If they are having ongoing trouble with behaviour or mood, then a child psychotherapist is a good person to talk to… READ MORE
What is child and adolescent psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy refers to a variety of techniques and methods used to help children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behaviour. Although there are different types of psychotherapy, each relies on communication as the basic tool for bringing about change in a person’s feelings and behaviours. As well as talking, playing, drawing, painting, puppetry, story-telling, movement, making and pretending, are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Psychotherapy may involve an individual child, a group of children or a family.
Working psychotherapeutically with children, young people and their families is not the same as therapy with adults. This work needs specialist skills and knowledge. The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) have set standards for specialist training programmes and defined minimum standards of expertise for practitioners who work with clients who are under 18.