Suzanne Slade, BA (Joint Hons), MA, UKCP
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist working in private practice with children, adolescents, families and adults in South West London / North Surrey.
Why would a child or young person need to see a therapist?
Sometimes, a child or young person may have had a particularly challenging start in life or are currently going through difficult circumstances at school or at home. It may be hard for the child or young person to express they are having difficulties or that they are feeling unhappy. If this is the case, they may show how they feel through their behaviour - perhaps by acting aggressively, self-harming, hurting others or seeming withdrawn or anxious. Others may indicate distress by physically hurting themselves, or even soiling or wetting the bed. Some children have a diagnosis - for example Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As a parent or carer, although you are doing your best, you may feel like you're struggling with your child's behaviour and need some external support and guidance.
Seeing a therapist does not mean there is 'something wrong' with your child - it just means that at the moment you and your child may benefit from having a space to think about and reflect on current difficulties.
What kind of children and young people do you work with?
I work with children of all ages and families from all cultures and ethnic backgrounds. You may be seeking help for any of the following:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) / Autism
Anxiety / Anxiety Disorders
Bedwetting / toiletting issues
Eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, over-eating and binging)
Peer and relationship difficulties
Self-hurting or self-harming behaviours
Suicidal ideation (thoughts and feelings)
What do you in a therapy session?
There is no such thing as a standard or normal therapy session. As I am an Integrative therapist, I am trained to work with a broad range of tools including talking and play / arts therapy. We offer a variety of media, which could include sand, painting, drawing, clay, music, puppetry, movement, drama, storytelling and writing.
Children and young people sometimes find it hard to know or express how they feel. I use different methods that enable them to show what may be going on for them, in ways that feel safe and non-threatening. I help them make sense of their feelings and experiences. As every child and young person is unique, therapy is tailored for each individual depending on their level of need.
I do not diagnose children, find a cure or to tell them what to do – I offer a safe space which enables the child or young person to be themselves, to share their current difficulties and explore how they are feeling. Sessions are usually weekly and 50 minutes in length. They are held in the same room and at the same time every week in order to ensure consistency. Should the need arise, and in consultation with the parent or carer, I can refer a child to other healthcare agencies. I will also disclose to a relevant professional if I feel a child is being harmed by someone, at risk of being harmed, harming themselves or another in order to uphold child protection and safeguarding policies.
Therapy can be short-term or long-term – I have worked with clients from 6 weeks up to several years. The length of therapy will depend on your child, their level of need and their current difficulties.
I will initially undertake an assessment with you and the child or young person to understand more about what they may require. A contract will be agreed between you, the child or young person and me to agree a duration of therapy which will be reviewed on a regular basis and can be changed if necessary.
Do you work with parents and schools?
I think it’s important that all the people involved in the child’s life come together and know how best to support the child or young person to offer a holistic package of therapeutic care. I often work closely with teachers, parents or carers as I understand the importance of these relationships not only to the child but to the therapeutic outcome.
Our first meeting is to discuss presenting difficulties - parents / carers may attend if appropriate. Throughout the therapeutic process we discuss progress, concerns and shifts / changes at home or at school. Consideration may also be given to the support needs of the parent / carer.
Confidentiality is a very important part of the therapeutic process - we may however discuss general themes, concerns or observations.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist. The UKCP is the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.
I am registered on the UKCP specialist register for psychotherapists qualified to work with children and young people.
Read more here: http://www.ukcp.org.uk/
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
I charge £70 for an initial consultation and assessment (usually 1-1.5 hours).
Weekly therapy sessions are £70 per 50 minute session.
Parenting coaching sessions (which can take place at home) are £50/hour.
A limited number of concessions may be available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I currently offer low-cost supervision in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling in South West London/North Surrey and in North London NW4, whilst I complete my supervision qualification.View supervision profile