Louise Parfett Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (MA ICP) MBACP, UKCP

Louise Parfett Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (MA ICP) MBACP, UKCP



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About me

I am a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and have been working with children for over 25 years in varied roles within Education, Care and the NHS. I trained at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London and at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

I work with children of all ages including teenagers and individuals with child related issues. I see parents and carers who have concerns about their child and are looking for guidance, families and mothers and babies experiencing varied difficulties. Some difficulties are relatively minor, some are more entrenched where therapeutic intervention and support is needed, including trauma and serious mental health difficulties, where I might focus in particular on bonding, attachment and containment issues.

Teenagers and young people today may face more pressures than ever before and may go through difficult and stressful times at school, at home, with peers and with personal identity issues. Talking about your situation within therapy can help you work through and cope better so that you can feel happier and begin to see a new perspective and way forward. Over time, insights gained through psychotherapy can be integrated into your way of life.

With younger children I use play as a vehicle for the therapy, as this is how children naturally process their lives, experiences and feelings. Building a trusting relationship may take a little time before deeper work can be done to help children process and make sense of their life, feelings and difficulties. This can help a child move forward in all areas of development and build better future relationships.

I have a wealth of experience in working with Special Educational Needs and areas of developmental delay and can help develop and improve the personal, social and emotional aspects of a child and teenagers life.

I have an inclusive practice and view of the world, believing every individual's mental health matters and have respect for the individuality and diversity of each client and their families views and beliefs.

I usually work in a number of stages:

1. Initial consultation with parents of young child or with older teenager

After an initial contact telephone call or email we may arrange to meet.
The first scheduled meeting I have is often just with parents or older teenager/young adult, this provides an opportunity to get to know each other and will be for 50- 60 mins. Here, you can discuss your concerns fully and ask questions. I will take down a developmental history and also ask some questions about you/ your child/teenager and family life to help me understand the context of difficulties better and the therapeutic work needed. I understand that entrusting me to work with your young child may be a big step.

2. Therapeutic assessment

Weekly, or sometimes twice weekly (if there is a crisis or acute difficulty), therapy sessions commence, where I will formulate a fuller assessment of difficulties and needs. After 3-6 sessions, I usually then meet with parents again, sometimes also with the child/ teenager present, to discuss my assessment and to chat about the therapy and support within the family that may be needed. With older teenagers this may be discussed within the 1:1 sessions directly without parents.

3. Therapy plan

We then agree a therapy plan. This may be short term: perhaps a further 8-12 sessions to focus on a particular issue or we might work in a more open ended or long term way, to get them back on their natural path of healthy emotional development. This will depend on individually assessed needs.
Young people will usually be moving through developmental stages at a rapid pace. Their ability to change and adapt can be considerable. Short-term therapy to identify what has been causing the problems and developing solutions that work for them, may be all that they need.

To maximise the impact of the therapy whilst working with your child individually, I might suggest seeing you as parents separately to discuss routines, strategies and relational support that might help within the family.

4. Reviews

It is helpful to review progress together regularly (at least once a school term) and discuss your child and family, their therapy and make any necessary adjustments.

Training, qualifications & experience

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (MA ICP)- Masters Degree


My work history includes working at Great Ormond Street Hospital as a Nursery Nurse and Play Specialist, returning later as a Child Psychotherapist on Psychiatric placement within the Mildred Creek Unit, an inpatient ward for adolescents and teenagers with chronic medically unexplained physical disability and psycho somatic symptoms (MUS).

I set up, own and manage an Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' early years provision and work as an early years advisor and have worked as a SENCo.

I work as a Psychotherapist 1:1 with Children, Adolescents, Teenagers and Families in a local school and within private practice.

Fully insured and hold a clear, current DBS

I keep up to date in my knowledge and skills through continued professional development courses and workshops in safeguarding, health and safety, counselling, psychodynamic and integrative psychotherapy.

Member organisations



£60.00 for all 50 minute appointments, meetings and therapy sessions.

Maps & Directions

Leigh-on-Sea, SS9

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people