Ms Judith Golberg BSc Hons PG Dip PG Cert MACP
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with considerable experience in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and in independent practice.
I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and use skills of observation and reflection within the therapeutic relationship to bring understanding of complex emotional states to children, young people and their families. Sessions are not structured and are lead by the child. Younger children may express themselves through play with the toys and equipment I provide, older children and teenagers may talk or draw, or may let me know about their feelings through other less verbal communications. Therapy can be longer term, offering the child an experience of being able to explore long-standing difficult feelings safely, or may be shorter term and more focused on specific goals. Teenagers may be particularly helped by shorter term more focused sets of sessions with the opportunity to return for review or follow-up sessions at a later date.
I trained in London and Birmingham for 6 years before being awarded full membership of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists (ACP). In total I have 22 years professional experience in mental health and learning disability services.
My experience covers the whole range of emotional difficulties children may feel. I work with children and young people (birth to 25) together with their parents and carers. Additionally, I have specialist training and experience in working with young children and their families and with children with learning disabilities/learning difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
I have extensive experience with Looked-After and Adopted children both in individual therapy, work with carers and adoptive parents, and in consultation to professionals in social services and education.
I also work with parents and babies, and have experience in Special Care and Neonatal Units.
Services for parents, children and professionals:-
• Initial Assessment for Parents, Children and young people;
• Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Children and Young People including short term therapy;
• Parenting Support;
• Parent and Infant/Young Child Psychotherapy;
• Supervision, Consultation and Training for Professionals Working with Children.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic approaches to working with people with learning disability. Tavistock Centre, London and University of East London. (1 year part time)
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies. Tavistock Centre, London and University of East London. (2 years part time)
Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and CAMHS in the West Midlands. Four years full time, recognised within the NHS grading scheme as equivalent to a clinical doctorate. (completed 2007)
Tavistock Centre short course in Under-5s work. (1 week full time, 2009)
Tavistock Centre CPD course in Supervision for Child Psychotherapists supervising others working with children (1 year part time) completed July 2015
Mentalisation-based treatment for families (MBT-F) Anna Freud Centre, London (Short Course, 2019)
As a Member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) I undertake regular supervision and continuing professional development. I abide by the ACP code of ethics. More information can be found on the ACP website:-
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Parental separation and parenting as separated parents
Children's distress following parental separation
Child development concerns including feeding, sleeping, bed-wetting, concern about milestones.
Fees for families start at £60 per 50 minute session.
I am part of a group of ACP registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists in the West Midlands, CPWM, more details at http://cpwm.org.uk/index.html
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I do not have spaces at the moment for work with children and families but will be reviewing in February 2020
Types of client
Supervision & training
As a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist I provide psychoanalytic or psycho-dynamic supervision or clinical case consultation for those working with children, young people and parents. I have experience both in NHS and private practice with groups and individuals. This consultation process can be helpful for all professionals working with children including social workers, family support workers, teachers and medical staff as well as therapists and counsellors.