Julie Kitchener Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist MACP (Accredited)
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). I have substantial experience of working with children and young people in both general and specialist NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services as well as in the voluntary sector and in private practice. I also worked for nine years in a children’s residential therapeutic community, as lead psychotherapist, then head of therapy.
I see children and young people aged 0-25 with a range of emotional and behavioural problems, from those with complex mental health issues, developmental delay or a background of trauma, to those affected by less severe difficulties that nonetheless impact on their experience of themselves, their lives and their relationships.
Child and adolescent psychotherapy provides an approach that can help make sense of a child or young person’s troubled thoughts and feelings, particularly when they are expressing their emotions through behaviour that causes distress to themselves and those around them. I offer a safe therapeutic space to think with parents and/or children and young people about how best to understand and address these difficulties. While the therapeutic relationship and young person’s perspective are crucial, sometimes it is helpful to continue to meet with parents alone, or to engage in parent-infant, parent-child or family work. Alternatively, individual psychotherapy may be indicated, particularly for older teenagers and young adults, or when problems have become more entrenched in younger children. Children do not often talk about difficult things directly, so therapy may involve play, drawing or writing as well as talking, depending on the age, needs and wishes of each individual.
I offer assessments, short- and longer-term psychotherapy for children and young people, supportive work with parents and carers and consultations to young people and families. I also train and supervise child psychotherapists and other related professionals.
I work from a therapy room in a relaxed and friendly practice set in beautiful surroundings. You will need to drive to access this location, but there is space to park.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a degree in Developmental Psychology and an MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology (Anna Freud Centre/University College London). I am a member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and an ACP registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy to work with children and young people aged 0-25. In addition to my clinical practice, I teach and supervise on the Anna Freud Centre, UCL and BPF Doctorate in Independent Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, as well as teaching infant observation to postgraduate students and professionals.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- 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
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Young carers
I charge £50-£60 per session, depending on circumstances and frequency
Stonestile Lane runs between the Ridge in Hastings and Westfield village. It is easily accessible from most areas in East Sussex but you will need your own transport to access this location
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer supervision to child psychotherapists and other related professionals.