Mandy Dadswell UKCP acc. Teenager/child Psychotherapist
Child and adolescent psychotherapist. Mood swings are normal in teenagers but if your teen is coping with something more serious they may need help to manage themselves better. I specialise in working with teenagers and young children in new, up to date ways using neuroscience and wellbeing. Part of my work includes educating young people in understanding themselves and what is happening for them. My experience (and research shows) that working this way can enhance the effectiveness of therapy and multiply its benefits giving young people what they need to make positive changes in their life.
I also work with families. Adapting to a child's changing behaviour can be difficult. As a parent, do you wish you had a road map to help you through these difficult years? I work with families, in new and dynamic ways, to give them a clearer understanding of each other and in turn building better relationships & more effective communication skills.
I work with anger, depression, anxiety, obsessive behaviour, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and many more disorders. If you are struggling to help your child manage their emotions, let me help you. My therapy room is very welcoming and private. I offer free telephone consultations before committing to making your first appointment.
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Training, qualifications & experience
Child, teenager and adult Psychotherapist
Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic counselling adult and child
Degree (Honours) in Psychology
Diploma in Person Centred counselling
Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Life coaching Certificate
Training in therapeutic art and play
Mindfulness based therapy
Safeguarding children and young people
Working with young people - various qualifications and experience (CAMHS trained)
Solution Focused work
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
St Michaels trained in bereavement support and CBT
Working with couples
Accredited by UKCP
Level 1 Dyadic Development Psychotherapy - working with families
Certificate in Supervision
I work with all age groups. My specialism is in working with children and adolescents. Relationship problems, low self esteem, anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, addictions, self harming are amongst the many issues I can help people with.
I have worked within a wide range of settings that include: a multi national boarding school for 4-18 year olds, secondary and primary education in both individual and group work, in a hospice for long term illness and bereavement. I have experience in working with physical and mental illness as a result of trauma and addictions. I can offer life coaching and management skills/coping strategies to individuals or as part of group work. I also work with families who feel as their communication skills have broken down.
I am frequently involved in support groups for young people and adults wishing to improve their sense of well being. As well as working privately I also work as part of a training organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists.
I attend regular development groups and on going training sessions which enhance my work and enables me to keep up to date with regulations, policies and modern, up to date ways of working with wellbeing and neuroscience.
Skype and telephone counselling offered.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Help to understand your teen.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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Parenting a teenager can be a difficult task. Constantly worrying about where your child is, who they’re with, and what they’re doing can be exhausting and really stressful. Wondering why your teen frustrates teachers, make such bad decisions, are rebellious and socially anxious. You may loose sleep over failed attempts to communicate, having to manage their moods and emotions, coping with the endless fights and the defiance as well as the impulsive and reckless behaviour.
You may ask yourself 'What happened to my lovely child?'
I may be able to answer your question: A teenager’s brain is continuing to develop, it has not stopped, therefore their brain processes information differently to an adult’s fully grown brain. The part of the brain used to manage emotions, make decisions, reason, and control inhibitions is constantly restructuring during the teenage years, meaning teens are simply unable to think through things in an adult way. Hormones, produced during adolescence, can further complicate things. The whole brain does not reach full maturity until about the mid-20’s. 'Help' you might think! Fortunately there are ways to help a young person to understand and manage their behaviour, taking account for their actions and controlling their impulsivity. Also by understanding adolescent development, as a parent, you can help find ways to stay connected to your teen and overcome problems together.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Flexible availability. Day and evening appointments.
Types of client