We work with children and young people and parents who are struggling with different kinds of emotional difficulties.
What we offer:
The aim of initial consultation is to establish whether the child or young person could benefit from a psychotherapeutic approach and to begin to understand the factors inhibiting development.
We often meet with parents first in order to discuss the difficulties and make a plan of action.
This can be as brief as 4-5 sessions and usually lasts for less than a year. It can take the form of individual work for young people or parent-infant/parent-young child work. Through this work, thinking and talking with a child psychotherapist can throw light on the difficulties which previously may have seemed insoluble. Parents can also learn to recognise their own capacity to understand and manage confusing situations.
The aim is to enable the child or adolescent to explore and understand at their own pace their conflicts and to better manage their everyday life. The sessions may take place one or more times per week, depending on the severity of the problem. The therapy may last for several months to two or more years.
Parents at times have difficulties to understand the behaviour of their toddler or young child. This intervention might be beneficial for both of them together to explore the dynamics of their relationship as well as beneficial for the child to see that their parents are listening to their communication and trying to make sense of it.
At times, the young person or young adult are experiencing some difficulties with the growing up process, which might be related to school, exams, friendships, the prospect of becoming adult, etc.. This short intervention might be just what they need to start understanding themselves in relation to the inevitable changes that are taking place. It might also act as an assessment, leading to a longer term of work, if the young person/adult feels they need to continue exploring their inner selves.
This type of intervention is useful if the adolescent refuses to come and talk to the therapist or when we feel that there is initially a need for the parents to understand better the emotional needs of their children, taking into account their children’s behaviour and the parents’ reactions to it.