Child and Adolescent Therapy

We have specialist skills working with children and adolescents from the age of 6 years. With a gentle and playful spirit our aim is to initially engage with your child allowing them to feel safe and contained in the therapeutic space. From this point, the issues that brought your child to therapy can be addressed and a variety of models will inform our practice. These include; cognitive-behavioural, schema, narrative and acceptance and commitment therapy. Different modalities including skills training, play therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness may be used to facilitate change both within the young person and family system.

We treat a wide variety of issues including:
• Self esteem, low mood and depression;
• Anxiety issues including panic disorders, phobias, separation anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder;
• Anger regulation and behavioural issues;
• Peer Relationship, bullying and social skills deficits;
• Adjustment and stress related issues;
• Sleep difficulties;
• Self-harm and other destructive coping mechanisms;
• Eating disorders and body image issues.

What to expect in the first session:
The first session will be conducted in a 50-60 minute time period and we tend to break the session into three components. In the first 15-20 minutes we aim to spend some time with you and your child together to understand the general issues that brought you to therapy. We then aim to see your child alone for 20-30 minuets to develop rapport and understand the problem from their perspective. We then like to see the parent(s) or guardian to gain a more general perspective and in the first and second session glean a comprehensive picture of your child’s developmental history. Depending on the age of your child and their general level of comfort this structure will be adapted accordingly.