Seeking help for your child may feel overwhelming. You may be at the stage where you feel helpless and desperate for change. Or you may be at the beginning of your struggles as a family; observing your child’s changing mood and behaviour and hoping to minimise the impact of such changes upon their life and wellbeing, as well as your own. As a parent, I understand the feelings of love and protection that we feel towards our children. We would do anything to help and yet it is often difficult to think clearly and offer the objective help that our child may need.
I am a Chartered Psychologist and Psychotherapist experienced in providing therapy to struggling young people and their families. I can help with a wide range of emotional, behavioural and social issues that may be contributing to your child or teenager feeling anxious, unhappy, lacking in confidence or feeling out of control. I am passionate about working with young people, and always offer a friendly, safe and caring space in which to explore your child’s difficulties, whilst at the same acknowledge and nurture their strengths so that they may realise their potential and achieve goals.
I currently work part-time within an NHS team called Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) where I see children and teenagers struggling with a range of difficulties, from those that are very specific and can be worked through in a short number of sessions, to those that are more pervasive and enduring and require longer-term therapy. Here, I offer Psychological Therapy, conduct Psychological assessments and offer consultation and supervision to other professionals within the team.
Every child and every family is unique, as are the struggles they face. For this reason, I do not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Instead, I draw from a number of psychological theories and evidence-based methods as well as clinical experience in order to create an individualised approach that best suits your child and family. Some of the methods I use include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy, Metallisation-based Therapy and Systemic Therapy.
I always involve the parents or carers in the therapy process, as well as other family members if appropriate. This is to ensure that strengths within the family unit are called upon for support, tensions within relationships are worked with, and any changes within the family unit that need to be made are identified in order for the benefits of therapy to be sustained after the therapy has ended.