Sea Change Psychotherapy Ltd
Sea Change Psychotherapy Ltd is a non-profit certified Social Enterprise formed by Tess Bailey-Sayer in December 2016. We are a group of Child and Adolescent Analytic Psychotherapists, Art Psychotherapists, Integrative Psychotherapists and a Counselling Psychologist specialising in children, young people and families.
If you are a parent, relative or carer who is worried about your child, or if you are a young person worried about your own mental health, contacting us would be the right first step in finding some expert professional help.
We are a multi-disciplinary team of therapists who specialise in work with babies and toddlers, children, young people and families. We all work psychodynamically, which means we try to help people understand the feelings and experiences underlying the problem rather than treating the symptoms alone. When children are young, we work in partnership with parents to support them as well as their child, with the idea that the whole family is affected by the well being of each person.
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy is a useful approach when there are complicated or long term problems, where children are not able to put their feelings into words, feelings are becoming out of control and are difficult to understand, or where approaches like counselling have been tried but do not seem to be effective.
Art Psychotherapy can help for those who feel worried about talking, or would like the chance to express feelings in a different way.
We offer a brief telephone conversation if you'd like one, and then meet with you for an initial consultation at the Sea Change Psychotherapy Centre. This would be a chance for you to tell us about the situation, and for us to see whether we might be the right people to help. We sometimes work with children and young people directly, sometimes with parents, and work always begins with an assessment. Appointments usually last fifty minutes. Assessments take between four and six sessions, and treatment may be either short or longer term depending on the nature of the difficulties.
We offer the following services:
- Parent-Infant Psychotherapy and family work for babies, pre-school children and their families
- Individual or family based assessments and treatment for children of school age
- Assessment and individual treatment for adolescents and young adults up to the age of 25
- Consultation and 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
Training, qualifications & experience
As a team, we have over fifty years' collective experience of working with children, young people and families in the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams across the West Midlands. We have experience of working in schools, social services teams, residential care and voluntary sector organisations.
Four of us are fully ACP registered Child and Adolescent Analytic Psychotherapists. This qualification involves six years' training, including a four year clinical placement within the NHS. It qualifies us to offer therapeutic assessment and treatment to infants, children and young people between the ages of 0 and 25.
Three of the team are Art Psychotherapists registered with BAAT, having completed a training which also includes NHS placement and work within specialist mental health teams.
Our Counselling Psychologist is UKCP registered and has undertaken a psychology degree followed by a Clinical Doctorate, enabling her to offer psychological support across the age range.
We are experienced in assessing and treating the following presenting difficulties:
- depression, self harm, suicidality
- eating disorders
- attachment difficulties
- trauma including early childhood trauma, neglect and abuse
- bereavement and loss
- emotional problems within Autistic Spectrum or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Looked After and Adopted children
Member organisations *
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
We charge £125 for an initial consultation to individuals or families. Subsequent sessions are £90.
Appointments available throughout the week, including some evening sessions.