Dr. Elizabeth Edginton, PGDip, MACP, PhD
I am a fully qualified Senior Child Psychotherapist with full NHS training and over 10 years’ NHS experience.
I work with children aged 0-11 with all types of mental health difficulties, and their parents. I specialist in working with children with behavioural, emotional, and/or attachment difficulties, and offer both short-term and long-term work, depending on the type and severity of your child's presentation.
Child Psychotherapy can help with:
- Behavioural problems – e.g. temper tantrums, disobedient/defiant behaviour, aggression, lashing out
- Emotional problems – e.g. anxiety, low mood/depression, bonding/attachment difficulties, obsessive/controlling behaviour, clinginess, low self-esteem/confidence, problems with peers
- Sleep difficulties or problems with settling
- Faddy eating or difficulties with breast or bottle feeding
- Trauma related problems – e.g. a difficult birth, a specific one-off or ongoing traumatic experience, wider family trauma
- Wetting, soiling, constipation, or problems with potty training
- Other behavioural/emotional difficulties
Training, qualifications & experience
- I completed both my pre-clinical (2-year) and clinical (4-year) post-graduate training as a Child Psychotherapist at the Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and qualified in 2010. This training is recognised by the Department of Health as being equivalent to a clinical doctorate.
- I have previously worked in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the West Midlands, Oxfordshire, and Yorkshire.
- I completed specialist additional training for brief work with babies, toddlers, and pre-school children and their parents - called the Tavistock Under 5s Training - in 2011, and have experience of working with under 5s in a Sure Start Children’s Centre, as well as in the NHS.
- I am a fully registered member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (MACP), which is regulated by the Professional Standards Authority, and, in addition to private practice with 0-11 year olds, currently work with older adolescents and young adults in a local University Counselling Service.
- I have taught for five years on post-graduate degree courses at the renowned Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in London.
- I have led National Institute of Health Research funded research on children aged 5-11 with treatment resistant behaviour problems for the Department of Health, and have an MSc in Applied Health Research.
- Prior to training as a Child Psychotherapist, I was a university lecturer working in Departments of English Language, English Literature, and Cultural Studies, so I have a range of academic qualifications (BA (Hons.), MLitt and PhD) in this field. I’m also a qualified teacher and university teacher (PGCE, PGCE HE).
Association of Child Psychotherapists
The ACP is the registering body for NHS trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists. ACP members undergo a minimum 6 year training; two years at Masters level then 4 years full-time clinical in the NHS qualifying in a Doctorate Level course. Full members are able to work with neonates, mothers & babies, parents & toddlers, primary school age children & adolescents. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Bonding with your baby after a difficult or traumatic birth
- Feeding difficulties and faddy eating
- Toileting difficulties
- Dealing with your toddler's temper tantrums
I offer a free 15 minute telephone 'parent only' consultation in the first instance, so that you can find out more about the service.
An initial 1 hour 'parent(s) only' consultation will then cost £120.
Subsequent sessions will cost £80 per session.
Termly parent(s) review session will cost £120.
I am available on Fridays.
Child Psychotherapy is an in-depth, specialist therapeutic treatment which involves close observation of your child's verbal and non-verbal behaviour and play, and helps your child to put his/her feelings into words.
It provides a safe and supportive space for parents to think about and express their emotions about their child's feelings/behaviour on a wide range of issues, so that we can think together about practical solutions that might help.
Toys and where appropriate, drawing materials, will be provided for your child's use during his/her therapy sessions.
To find out more, please see my website at:
and then email or phone me for a free 15 minute consultation.