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Following your initial enquiry regarding the child or young person you are concerned about, I will give a prompt response (generally within 24 hours) & 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) / carers outlining what the main themes of the assessment have been (this is without the child being present.
At the review, I would make a recommendation about an appropriate way forward for the young person and family.
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 behavior 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 usually in parallel with another child & adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
I work with primary school children, adolescents & young people up to their 26th birthday as well as parents, and families with a range of complex psychological needs.
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.
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
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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 or sleeping.
Gender dysphoria / gender identity issues / social isolation /
Social phobia , agoraphobia, school phobic ( exaggerated fear of going to school or college)
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Fees will be discussed at the point of referral. They are negotiable depending on your personal circumstances.
When I work
- I have been a full member of the Association Of Child Psychotherapists for many years my professional credentials can be seen on the website below 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 details on ACP & PSA. All members of the ACP have demonstrated the competencies required for qualification and meet its high standards of registration.
- ACP registered child & adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapists have completed an NHS child mental health-based training (postgraduate) of 4 years duration.
- I hold a full professional indemnity insurance which is renewed annually.
- I have monthly supervision with a 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 my Code of Ethics.
- Within the last 3 years, I have undertaken Level 3 Child Protection training & I
- The practice is registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) registration number 14970706 .