Dr. Khuzuma Akhtar, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist (Accred. & Reg.)
Dr. Khuzuma Akhtar
(D. Ch. Psych. Psych. - Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist)
I support children, adolescents, young adults and families to build stronger relationships and live happier lives, through efficient and effective therapy in a safe and confidential environment.
I am the founder of K A Psychotherapy, a service providing therapy to children and families, and consultation and training to professionals working with children. I have over 13 years of experience of working with children and families within the NHS and education settings. This includes Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in London and the Midlands, specialist schools and adolescent services (both inpatient and outpatient). I work with young people (aged 0-25), their families and professionals involved in their care.
I trained and qualified at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic in London. I am registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), the main professional body for UK Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists. The ACP is registered with the Professional Standards Authority.
What is Child Psychotherapy?
Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (also known as "Child Psychotherapy") is a form of treatment which seeks to understand the experiences of infants, children and adolescents. Child Psychotherapy is grounded in psychoanalytic thinking, which focuses on the underlying factors that might be impacting on an individual's life.
Which Problems Does it Treat?
Child Psychotherapy is used to treat a wide range of psychological, emotional, social and behavioural problems. This includes (but is not limited to):
- anxiety and stress
- eating difficulties
- family and relationship issues
- abuse and trauma
- low self-esteem
- anger management
- learning disabilities
- troubles at school
- coping with divorce
How I Work
I help young people to share their thoughts and feelings, through individual therapy or group therapy with other children or adolescents. During sessions, young people can draw, write or talk. Children can also play. Using my specialist knowledge of child development and expertise in careful observation, I assist young people to understand what they may be communicating through their play and their behaviour.
Through such understanding, young people begin to make sense of and develop the ability to reflect on their experiences. This helps them to improve the way that they think about themselves, and the way that they think about and behave with others. It also enables them to have better relationships with others and to make better use of opportunities that arise in the future.
The work usually begins with an assessment to help us to gain an understanding of what the key issues for therapy are. The assessment is followed by a review where feedback and a treatment plan are discussed. Therapy sessions last for fifty minutes and occur at the same time and on the same day each week, to maintain consistency and regularity.
Work with Parents
I also specialise in helping parents to understand their child's communications and behaviour, which can support them to have greater relationships with their child. I meet with parents individually or as a couple.
Where their child or young adolescent is in therapy, I meet with parents during the course of the treatment for review meetings to think about how the therapy is going.
I work with parents in groups too, and I run workshops about different issues regarding parenting, or themed around child and adolescent development as well as childhood disorders.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold both a professional qualification and doctorate in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy from the Tavistock Clinic (London). I also possess a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies and a BSc. HONS in Psychology.
I provide consultation and training to professional services that work with children. I have also taught and lectured on courses for other professionals, regarding psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches to understanding the experiences of children and families.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- School difficulties
- Unresolved past issues
- Transgenerational issues
- Relationship difficulties
- Attachment and bonding issues
- Separation difficulties
- Behavioural problems
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Fees are based on a sliding scale, depending on income, and begin at £50 per session.
I offer an initial 15-minute free informal chat over the phone to see if I can help you with your problems.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon - Fri: mornings and afternoons, Sat: mornings
Types of client