Paul Lennon, Child, Adolescent, Young Adult & Family Psychotherapist (MACP)
Psychotherapy, Mental Health & Well-Being Services.
I am a specialist Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist with 17 years experience in the field of psychotherapy, mental health and well being. I work with children, teenagers, young adults, parents and families. As an NHS trained psychotherapist I have experience of working with the full range of Mental Health and Developmental difficulties and the more general emotional, behavioural and social difficulties experienced by children and young people and it's impact on families.
When things go wrong or are difficult this can begin to express itself in various ways;
* low mood, depression, low self-esteem,
* difficulties in eating and sleeping
* difficulty in concentrating and participating in work, school, relationships and life.
* problems with/ breakdown in relationships.
* Behaviour that is difficult to understand
* Feelings that are difficult to put into words
At these difficult points in life issues from the past are re-triggered ( sometimes without our even being aware of this) making it even more difficult to move forward and re-establish emotional stability and confidence.
Psychotherapy can help to locate and address these issues by providing a space outside of ordinary life and it's expectations and obligations where issues can begin to present, be thought about and worked through.
Work with children, adolescents, young adults and families:
Work with children usually involves the use of play equipment to help the children communicate their states of mind and anxieties, work with adolescents and young adults follows a more traditional talking therapies approach although some simple art materials may be provided to facilitate this.
I offer short- term and open-ended therapy.
Parent Support Work
The purpose of parent work is to support them and to gain an understanding of the the family dynamics that help and/or hinder the young person's presenting issue or overall development.
Training, qualifications & experience
ACP Registered Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists train for a minimum of 6 years in the NHS. I undertook my training at the NHS Tavistock Centre, London and the Birmingham Children's Hospital. My practice is regulated through my professional association the ACP which also regulates my continuing practice and professional development after qualification.
I have 20 years' experience in the field of psychotherapy and mental health and have worked in a number of work settings; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), hospitals, forensics, therapeutic communities and schools.
Association of Child Psychotherapists
The ACP is the registering body for NHS trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists. ACP members undergo a minimum 6 year training; two years at Masters level then 4 years full-time clinical in the NHS qualifying in a Doctorate Level course. Full members are able to work with neonates, mothers & babies, parents & toddlers, primary school age children & adolescents. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
School refusal and School truanting
School work not beginning/completing
Issues with Authority
Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties
Transitional difficulties e.g. into adulthood, adolescence, school beginings
Work within the area of fostering and adoption
Consultation to Parents
Fees will take into account the frequency of sessions and the nature of the work and generally start from £60 per session.
Where individuals and families encounter barriers to access due to social deprivation and low income I will work with them to overcome barriers to accessing psychotherapy and offer lower rates.