Following your initial enquiry regarding the child or young person you are concerned about, I will give a prompt response and arrange a telephone conversation followed by a consultation within 7 working days for you as the parent or carer (without the young person being present).
Then I may recommend an individual assessment for the child/young person.
This means that they come for 3 sessions (of 50 minutes each). Following the assessment I review the out come with you as parent(s), outlining at that stage what the main themes of the child's assessment have been (without the child present).
At the review, I would be making a recommendation about an appropriate way forward for the child and family in respect of treatment.
There are a number of options that can be considered depending on what arises in the assessment, for example:
- the child may need weekly psychotherapy sessions for at least an academic year
- the young person may need to have more frequent sessions (e.g. 2 sessions a week)
- or the parent(s) may need regular parental support sessions to give meaning to the distressing behaviour the child is showing.
If individual psychotherapy is needed it is good practice in Child & Adolescent Work to promote the importance of Parental Support work to support and maintain the child's therapy and this is done in parallel with another child & adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
I work with pre school & primary school children, adolescents, parents and families with a range of complex psychological difficulties and disorders.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic in London qualifying with a Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Prior to my Post Graduate Training I held Senior Practitioner roles in Adoption & Fostering Teams in London both in the public and private sector.
As well as substantial experience over many years in NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), I concurrently ran an independent Child Psychotherapy Practice.
Until December 2018 I held a Principal Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist post in an NHS CAMHS Team in another region.
I have extensive clinical experience in treating: anxiety, attachment issues, self harm, disordered eating, depression, body dysmorphia, issues arising from parental separation /divorce, and adoption-related dynamics.
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
Looked after and adopted children and young people ( related issues)
Internet addiction (compulsive use of digital technology) - which interferes with day to day living.
Gender dysphoria / gender identity issues / social isolation /
social phobia , agoraphobia ( linked to post lockdown & fears re pandemic ) eg fear of returning to school or college .
Extremely irrational fears & anger linked to the pandemic.
Fees will be discussed at the point of referral.
- I am a full member of the Association Of Child Psychotherapists - for my professional credentials, see www.childpsychotherapy.org.uk (under find a Therapist) The ACP is registered by the Professional Standards Authority. Please click on the logos above for more detail on ACP & PSA.
- ACP registered child & adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapists have completed an NHS child mental health based training ( Post Graduate ) of 4 years duration.
- I hold a full professional indemnity insurance which is renewed annually .
- I have monthly professional supervision with a Senior Tavistock Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist
- I have a PVG certificate ( Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme)
- I work to the ACP's code of Professional Conduct & Ethics - see website : www.childpsychotherapy.org for a copy of Code of Ethics.
- Within the last 3 years I have undertaken Child Protection training . (NHS)