Lucy Mills, Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist BA (Hons), MA, MACP

Lucy Mills, Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist  BA (Hons), MA, MACP

The Guildhall Practice
265B Alcester Road South
West Midlands
B14 6DR

07961 086827 / 07961 086827

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The Guildhall Practice
265B Alcester Road South
West Midlands
B14 6DR

07961 086827 / 07961 086827

About me

I am a Specialist Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in independent practice in South Birmingham. I have over 18 years experience of working therapeutically with children, young people and their families.

I offer the following services:

  • Individual or family based assessments and therapeutic treatment for children of school age
  • Assessment and individual treatment for adolescents and young adults
  • Parent-Infant Psychotherapy
  • Family work for pre-school children
  • Consultation and therapeutic parent work for parents of children of all ages
  • Specialist support to foster carers or parents of adopted children
  • Consultation and supervision for clinicians working with children and families

Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is an approach which can help with a wide variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Psychotherapy is often particularly effective where children and young people:

  • are not able to put their feelings into words
  • where powerful emotions and challenging behaviour feel out of control
  • where it is difficult for the young person and those around them to understand why they feel or behave the way they do
  • where there are long-standing and complex emotional problems
  • where there are persistent difficulties forming and maintaining trusting and positive relationships
  • where other interventions, including counselling or behavioural therapy (including CBT) have been tried but have not seemed effective.

Please contact me either by telephone or email for a brief discussion of the current difficulties. We can then decide if it would be helpful to arrange an hour-long initial consultation appointment to talk in more detail, and consider whether this way of working might help. If psychotherapy does not seem the best way forward I will be able to offer you some guidance as to alternative treatments that could be more appropriate.

Following the first consultation, we can decide if further assessment for individual one-to-one work with the child or young person is required. Alternatively, sometimes it can be useful to work together as a family, and sometimes it is more helpful to work with parents or carers without the young person present. Assessments take between four and six sessions to complete. If further treatment is needed, then therapy may either be time-limited or longer term depending on the nature of the difficulties. Assessment and psychotherapy treatment sessions are 50 minutes long and usually take place weekly.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications: MACP (Member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists); Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies; MA Psychoanalysis; Training in Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents (MBT-A) and Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F).

Training as a Child Psychotherapist takes a minimum of six years and qualification is equivalent to a clinical doctorate. The training includes a four year full-time clinical placement within the NHS. It qualifies me to offer psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment to infants, children and young people between the ages of 0 and 25.

I have worked in children's mental health services, both in NHS in-patient and community settings since 1998, and qualified as a Child Psychotherapist in 2007. I was a Senior Child Psychotherapist in a local community CAMHs (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) between 2007-2016 and more recently have been working in a specialist unit for children and young people suffering from eating disorders. Throughout my career I have worked with children, adolescents and their families presenting with a wide range of different emotional, behavioural, neuro-developmental and mental health difficulties. I also have experience in providing teaching, consultation and supervision to professionals working with children and young people.

I have particular expertise and experience in assessing and treating the following presenting difficulties:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • self harm
  • suicidality
  • eating disorders
  • attachment difficulties
  • trauma including early childhood trauma, neglect and abuse
  • bereavement and loss
  • emotional problems associated with neuro-developmental difficulties such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Looked After and Adopted children

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

School refusal

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Initial Consultation: £70
Assessment & Therapy: £60

Maps & Directions

Birmingham, B14 6DR

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday - Thursday

Types of client

Young people
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