Anna Patel. Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. UKCP.
I am a passionate, caring and bilingual child and adolescent psychotherapist. I am committed to supporting children and young adults fulfil their full potential. I offer integrative approach in working with children and young people with behavioural and emotional difficulties, using a multidisciplinary approach to work within the context of the child's life, for example, the school or family. I see a child individually and at times with parents or carers and work in an age-appropriate way.
With children, I work creatively using art materials and therapeutic play. I support young people to rediscover their own resources and embrace life in a new way.
I welcome opportunities to support mothers and babies who are experiencing attachment/feeding difficulties and postnatal depression. I work systemically with families from different nationalities and backgrounds, particularly of Asian origin.
Initially, I offer an assessment which may last up to 1.5 hrs. Sometimes we may meet more than once before deciding whether to begin therapy or not. The assessment will provide an opportunity to consider the best way forward. It will also inform me if I need to refer your child to another professional who specialises in what I believe would help your child. It we agree to work together, I would meet with your child once a week for 50 minutes on an agreed day and time.
The establishment of regular sessions is important. This regularity will help your child with a sense of security and continuity whilst we work on his/her difficulties together.
Understandably, as a parent, you would like to know how long therapy will last-this is difficult to predict. Some focused difficulties are more suitable for short-term therapy, which usually lasts 12 weeks; other difficulties are more suitable for long-term therapy. We can discuss which option will suit your child best at the initial consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling [Middlex Uni].
Postgraduate studies in Observation Study and Child Mental Health[Terapia].
Theoretical Perspectives in Psychotherapy[Terapia].
Introduction to Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy [Westminster Pastoral Foundation].
Higher Diploma in Health and Social Welfare [Open University].
Additionally, I have acquired further qualification at the TAVISTOCK TRUST in:
Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Well-being: Multidisciplinary Practice [Foundation level, AFT Accreditation, [family work]. Essex University
Couples as Parents and Parents as Couples.
Exploring the Complex Realities of Interagency working.
Short Term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
Developmentally Informed Assessments.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction [MBSR] with Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy [MBCT].
As well as my private practice, I have extensive experience in providing counselling, clinical psychotherapy and support to children, adolescents, mothers and babies in community and residential settings, and families with complex needs from diverse backgrounds. I have worked in a variety of settings ranging from under 5's, primary and secondary education, Mind in Barnet and with special needs children with Barnet council.
I am a registered UKCP member, within which I am registered with the College of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Young carers
For a 50 minute session, my fees is £75.
* In certain cases I am able to offer concessions, please contact me to discuss.
My work can involve providing:
1: Assessments and treatment of children and adolescent.
2: Short and long term interventions with children, young people and/or parents.
3: Working alongside with other professionals in planning how best to support a child and the child’s family, for example, in schools, children’s services and child protection services.
4: Keeping abreast of developments in theory and research and undertaking continuing professional development [CPD].
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||English, Gujarati|
Please email me if I am unavailable by phone and I will contact you as soon as I can.
Types of client