Child and Therapist

My Approach

 

Childhood and adolescence are key life stages and are precious. I believe it is important for children and teenagers to access the help they need quickly and for this to deliver positive change in as short a time as possible. For these reasons, I set up my practice to allow me to start working with your child, supported by you as their parent, at the point when the help is required. My aim is to help children and teenagers overcome emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties so that they can thrive in childhood, build resilience and grow a positive future. 

I use my psychological knowledge and skills to understand and plan interventions for a wide range of behavioural, emotional and mental health challenges experienced by children and teenagers including:

  • anxiety disorders including phobias

  • depression and low mood

  • post traumatic stress

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • complex trauma and attachment difficulties

  • difficulties understanding regulating emotions such as anger or upset

  • challenging behaviours including avoidance and refusal. 

Any person including children and teenagers can experience times of confusion, fear, despair, be troubled or show troubling behaviour. The starting point to helping is gaining a good understanding of what is going on. 

Key questions I consider are: 

  • What is the main concern?

  • What has happened that led to this concern?

  • What sense was made of it?

  • What strengths are there?

  • What can we do to help? 

The approach allows us to move away from describing difficulties solely as labels or diagnoses and towards real understanding and meaning. This is what allows us to tailor-make specialist psychological intervention plans that will help your child overcome their difficulties.

My approach can be applied to support birth, adoptive and foster children and teenagers and their families.   

My intervention plans consider what psychological input is going to be helpful for your child and family situation. Intervention plans are developed in collaboration with you and your child and can include: 

  • sessions with your child, either individually or supported by you as parents

  • sessions with you as parents

  • liaison with school

I draw on a range of evidence based psychological interventions to meet the specific needs of the children and families I work with.

Psychological interventions offered: 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Eye Movement and Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Attachment-based and therapeutic parenting

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy 

I have established working relationships with a number of Clinical Psychology colleagues in the local area and am able to access their additional services if we feel that would be helpful.