Eva Shehu-Whitefield. Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapist.
I am a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, with over 10 years experience working in the NHS, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), as well as in private practice. Prior to my clinical training I worked with children with Autism and Learning Difficulties.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy offers an effective way of treatment for emotional and psychological difficulties from infancy to late adolescence. This treatment approach focuses on understanding the meaning behind the presenting symptoms and behaviour difficulties, and then addressing these difficulties at their root.
I offer short term psychotherapy as well as longer more intensive treatment. I will discuss with you, what will be the most helpful approach when I meet with you.
I am able to work with a vast range of emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties that a child/young person might experience at any point in their life, including, anxiety and depression, self harm, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, low self esteem. I have a specialist interest and experience in working with Eating Difficulties with young children, adolescence and young adults.
Additionally I have specialist training in Parent Infant Psychotherapy supporting parents and their babies from the early days in life till the age of five years old. I work with mothers who are or have suffered Postnatal Depression and their babies.
I have experience in working with Looked After and Adopted children, offering individual therapy, support for adoptive parents and carers, consultations and supervision to social services and education.
I trained at Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. It is a 6 years intensive Post Graduate training (2 years pre clinical and 4 years Clinical) and in completing the course I was awarded Membership to the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). The ACP is the only accrediting organisation recognised by the NHS for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists.
I also offer supervision and consultations to organisations and professionals who work with children, including schools.
Please visit my website for further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
Bsc Honours in Psychology University of Worcester (2001)
Postgraduate Diploma In Psychoanalytical Observation Studies. Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy in association with University of East London (2005)
Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy and CAMHS in West Midlands (2011).
Tavistock Centre (London) Short course in working with Children Under 5 and their families (2012)
Parent Infant Psychotherapy Anna Freud Training School London (2013)
Birmingham Trust for Psyhcoalanytic Psychotherapy CPD course in Supervision for Child Psyhcotherapists, supervising others working with children 1 year course (ongoing)
As a member of Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist I undertake regular supervision and training. I abide by their code of ethics. For further information you could visit their website
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with