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Services 

Services

Sessions with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

I offer online sessions with children, adolescent and young adults from 5 - 25 years-old. The treatment can be short or long term, depending on what will be most helpful.  The sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes. 

 

Prenatal and Postnatal work

The arrival of a new baby or being pregnant can be a very unsettling time and cause considerable upheaval to the balance of your life. I offer a six session intervention to help with adjusting to pregnancy or parenthood, fear of childbirth or birthing trauma, low mood, bonding issues and managing a baby who is difficult to soothe. Fathers and couples are very welcome, and longer term work can be negotiated if necessary.

Early Years Intervention (0 - 5 years old) 

I offer therapeutic sessions for families with babies and children up to 5 years old who have difficulties with settling and sleeping, being too clingy or separation anxiety, severe long lasting tantrums, hair pulling, head banging, excessive crying, toilet training problems, soiling and constipation, prolonged night terrors, eating difficulties, attachment/bonding difficulties. Some sessions will involve parents and the child, and some sessions will involve parents only. 

Parental Consultation and Support

I offer one-off or ongoing consultation and support work around children and adolescent mental health, for parents and carers to receive support and guidance on how to support their child. It is a thinking space where parents/carers can be honest about their feelings and frustrations. The work may also focus on helping the parent make sense of the child's behaviour, as well as how the parent's own issues might interfere with their ability as parents. 

Consultations with Professionals

I offer consultation to support other professionals who work with children and young people including teachers, social workers, health visitors, doctors, nursery staff and youth workers. The work is to help professionals gain a deeper understanding of the child’s perspective so that they can best meet the child’s needs. 

What is the process? 

What is the process?

Initial consultation

An initial consultation will be our first meeting. Usually a family will be invited along for an initial consultation in order to establish what everybody is concerned about and whether everybody has the same concerns and worries. If it is clear that there are significant concerns about the child and that these have been persisting for quite a long time, or are significantly impeding the child's emotional well-being and development, the therapist may suggest an assessment. 

Assessment

A psychotherapy assessment can be offered for two main purposes. One purpose of the assessment may be to establish whether a child or young person could benefit from psychotherapy. The other purpose of the assessment is to support with understanding the kind of help the child needs. An assessment gives the child an opportunity to experience the therapeutic process and to communicate their difficulties, which may be multi-faceted. 

Confidentiality

Confidentiality 

Children and Young People's sessions are private and confidential, and the therapist will not discuss the content of a child's therapy with parents. The Psychotherapist has a duty to treat information given during psychotherapy appointments as confidential data. Only when there may be a safeguarding risk will the therapist need to consider disclosing information for the well-being and safety of the child. During the Parent Reviews, a child's progress can be discussed but not the content of their sessions. 

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