Ben French BSc, C-Psych, C-Obs, MA Psych (BPC)
Finding a therapist with the qualifications needed to effectively work with children can be a difficult and confusing process. Unfortunately, some counsellors, with little or no clinical child training, work with young people. However, therapy with children, teenagers, and their families is very different from therapy with adults - it requires specialist skills and knowledge.
I trained for 5 years at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic (NHS), a world-renowned centre for Child and Adolescent psychotherapy. In addition to my Masters in Psychological therapies with children, young people and families, I completed three years of highly specialised training, involving the latest evidence-based therapies and neuroscience. The rigours of this training mean I am chartered by the British Psychoanalytical Council as a Child, Adolescent and Family psychotherapist, working with ages 2 through to 25.
Alongside work in the NHS clinics, I have provided psychotherapy in infant, primary and secondary schools and led a therapy service in a local FE college. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked as a teacher, senior leader, and child protection lead in education for 15 years, so I am very familiar with the challenges present in many young people’s lives.
What can child and adolescent therapy help with?
Evidence-based therapy can be helpful for most emotional, behavioural, psychological, social or developmental difficulties. Child psychotherapists can also help children to deal with learning and physical disabilities, as well as those on the autistic spectrum. Children may be reacting to life events which everyone knows about or it may be that difficulties have started without any obvious cause.
I have extensive experience in areas such as school issues, behavioural problems, depression, anxiety, phobias, and self-harm, as well with gender non-conforming young people and those with body dysphoria. For a more in-depth explanation of what child and adolescent psychotherapy is, the array of difficulties it can help with, and to watch videos made by children and teenagers on the subject, please see my website.
What will happen in the first session?
The first session is an opportunity to explore your particular situation and establish goals for further work. I offer an extended session (90 minutes at no extra charge), to ensure there is enough time to fully address any pressing difficulties, and answer in-depth, any questions you may have. Work with young children and families may also involve more than one meeting in the first session - for example, a meeting with child and parent, followed by a separate meeting with the child. The shape of this first meeting will depend on your situation, but 90 minutes will ensure there is enough time for us to clearly establish our goals and a proposal for future therapy.
Where are you based?
Therapy takes place in a quiet, professional clinic in Meads Eastbourne with a comfortable waiting room for parents of younger children. There is free local parking and transport links close by. I welcome all enquiries.
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Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
Masters Degree in Psychological Therapies for Children, Young People and Families (University of Essex / Tavistock NHS Foundation).
Postgraduate Certificate in Emotional Factors in Learning and Teaching: Counselling Aspects in Education (University of East London/ Tavistock NHS Foundation).
Postgraduate Certificate in Mental health and well-being: multi-disciplinary practice with young people and adults (University of Essex / Tavistock NHS Foundation).
Postgraduate Certificate in Working with children, young people & families: a psychoanalytic observational approach (University of Essex / Tavistock NHS Foundation).
BSc (London School of economics and Political Science)
Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists
Member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (https://www.bpc.org.uk) Registered to work with Children, Family, and Adolescents, as a Child and Family Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
In addition to these qualifications I am currently engaged in ongoing psychoanalytical training.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Young carers
First session (90 minute consultation): £60
Psychotherapy sessions (child, adolescent, under 25's, family): £60
I offer reduced price sessions for concessions and those on lower incomes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Please enquire through my website, or by email or phone for current availability. Thank you.
Types of client