Psychotherapy offers children and adolescents a unique opportunity to undertake an exploration of different aspects of their life and life experience in a safe and contained space. The treatment process is completely supportive of the child, and of the family as a whole, and enables them to move back into a more functional relationship with themselves and with each other.
My work with children and adolescents is described as 'Integrative'. This means that I do not just rely on one treatment approach in my work, but have a range of different approaches to use depending on the specific needs of the individual child.
Psychotherapy is often described as a talking therapy. However, many children and adolescents find it hard to talk about how they feel, or with what is going on with them. As a result, much of the therapy work is done using creative materials, such as drawing, painting, sandtray, puppets, therapeutic stories, imagery, as well as through play.
I offer both short and long-term psychotherapy sessions for children, adolescents and their families. For some children and young people a systemic approach in which the whole family is involved in the therapeutic process can be especially beneficial. Whilst I specialise in working with developmental trauma and disrupted attachment, I also work with many other issues, including self-harm, bullying, self-esteem issues, losses and bereavements, separations, depression, school and relationship issues.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and are arranged at the same time every week on a weekly basis. I offer an initial telephone consultation, and then a first session with just the parents so that we can talk over the relevant issues, and agree upon the best approach for the treatment process. Regular parent check-in's and/or parental sessions may also be helpful.
If you are interested in exploring whether child psychotherapy might be helpful for your child, please contact me.
Missed appointments or sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full session fee