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.
Every child is unique
I recognise that every child or young person is unique, with different factors contributing to their difficulties, emotions and behaviours. This is why I treat every child as an individual and tailor their therapy to their specific needs, and create a safe space for the child to be understood and have their concerns addressed.
Working with parents & caregivers
I often find it useful to work with parents and caregivers as well. Working together to understand the underlying issues to a child’s presenting difficulties can help the whole family. Regular meetings with parents and caregivers is part of the work; an opportunity to see how the work is progressing. I also offer parenting support.
Common reasons for seeking a child psychotherapist include:
Feeling angry • temper tantrums • feeling sad or depressed • anxiety • panic attacks • self-harm • low self-esteem • facing trauma • communication problems • feeling lonely • social exclusion • issues linked with the Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) or Special Educational Needs (SEN) • family break-ups • bereavement/ losing someone • sleeping difficulties • bed-wetting • eating and food-related problems • being bullied • feelings of emptiness • feeling overwhelmed • feeling out of control • physical/emotional/sexual abuse • feeling different • identity issues •
Other benefits of therapy
As well as learning to cope with difficult feelings, therapy will help a child develop their communication skills and confidence levels. Benefits of this include improving a child’s relationship with family and friends and enabling a child to focus better on learning and living a contented childhood.
Working with other professionals
Once your child is in therapy, I may want to contact other professionals if needed, usually with your permission, so that we can be assured that your child is getting the best possible attention for all the mix of troubles inside his or her mind. Therapy works best when the adults around the child work as a team.
Confidentiality & Safeguarding
The child’s sessions are private except when there are are expressed concerns or dangers. Where appropriate, parents and other agencies would be included in shared confidential thinking.
In line with European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018, as a psychotherapist, I take protecting the anonymity, confidentiality, and privacy of my clients very seriously. I adhere to the code of ethics of my professional organisation.