We help children, young people and their families

in order to support healthy and happy development.

Childhood is a time of rapid change, growth and development and for all of us there are many bumps in the road towards adulthood.  Some children progress smoothly, dealing with problems as they arise and using the support of their family and friends to get by.  For others the road is more difficult, with more hazards and ups and downs. We help children to overcome the hazards and help parents to support their children to be happy and fulfilled.

Whether it be extreme toddler tantrums, sleep problems, anxiety, depression  or eating difficulties we work to equip parents, children and young people with the insight and skills required to work through these issues.

We specialise in working with children, young people and their families, from toddlerhood right through to the transition to early adulthood.

As Clinical Psychologists our skills enable us to offer interventions for a number of mental health difficulties associated with childhood, including but not limited to:

  • Behavioural problems including issues with anger and aggression
  • Low mood
  • Depression
  • Low self esteem
  • Anger
  • Anxiety/excessive worries and fears
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Phobias
  • Eating disorders
  • Oppositional behaviours
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Sexual Abuse

We also offer assessments of:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attentional disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Cognitive strengths and difficulties (such as difficulties in learning)
  • Forensic assessments for court

Our profession is dedicated to developing and adhering to a robust evidence base in its work with young people.  To that end, the approaches that we offer are underpinned by sound psychological theory, supported by evidence and draw from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence Guidelines (NICE).

Interventions we offer:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT explores how young people think and feel in situations and how these thoughts and feelings affect the way they behave.  CBT helps people to challenge thoughts that maybe unhelpful and helps them change the way they behave to improve their wellbeing.

Parenting Interventions

There are an overwhelming number of authors, theories and approaches that are focused on helping parents to raise their children effectively and achieve a degree of harmony in the household (wishful thinking!).  In our work we draw on these approaches using behavioural programmes such as The Incredible Years (Webster-Stratton) and Collaborative Problem Solving (Greene, 2008) amongst others.  Each family’s situation requires careful assessment to ensure that the right approach is taken.

Attachment focused approaches

The attachment to primary caregivers (often parents and carers) is thought to be one of the most important predictors of future emotional wellbeing. A number of factors can influence the development of a secure attachment, for example parenting style, parental emotional wellbeing or a significant trauma in the family. Attachment difficulties can cause a range of behavioural and emotional difficulties (e.g. the most commonly heard of ‘separation anxiety’). We can work with the parent or carer to consider how to develop attachment security, or sometimes we work with an adolescent considering the impact of early attachment difficulties and support them to develop resilience.

Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents

IPT-A focuses on improving relationships and alleviating depressive symptoms. After assessment of how depression developed, an area is targeted as a focus and the adolescent is supported to develop skills in managing relationships with others. This therapy relies on the principle that relationships are central to psychological health and can impact on depression but also depression impacts upon the relationships they are hugely important in the recovery process.

Integrative approaches

As Psychologists we are trained in a number of different therapies to address mental health problems. We ensure that our approach is tailored to the needs of the child or family and sometimes this might mean combining approaches, such as individual therapy for the young person alongside parenting support or attachment focussed therapies. We are able to draw on a broad range of theories and models, and may draw upon tools from a range of different approaches, such as Mindfulness, Narrative therapy or Systemic approaches, which may utilise the whole family.

We are also one of the only professions trained to work with people across the lifespan. This means alongside specialising in working with children we are able to consider the emotional wellbeing of other members of the family.  Children do not exist in isolation and the well-being of all family members is critical for a healthy and happy childhood.

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