About Therapy

Common Questions:

 

Will therapy help?

What kind of therapy is best?

How long will it take?

How much will it cost?

Is my child too young for therapy?

What if they don’t like it?

These are common questions parents/caregivers think about. Often they have explored alternative routes to therapy and there can be doubts or frustrations along the way. Sometimes parents carry concerns about being judged or worry about labels for their child.

This is all very understandable and that is why I provide an empathic and confidential space for an initial consultation during which I can listen to what is going on for your child and yourself. I can also explain how therapy works and answer any questions, such as the ones above. It is a chance for you to get to know me, and me to get to know you and your child or teenager.

Common reasons for seeking therapy:

 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Social anxiety

  • Separation anxiety

  • Aggressive outbursts

  • Attention difficulties

  • Self harming behaviours

  • Sleeping problems

  • Chronic illness

  • Bullying

  • Identity issues

  • Stealing and lying

  • Family conflict

  • Parenting styles

  • Bereavement

  • Separation & divorce

There are many different types of therapy and often a therapist will use one specific type of 'modality' or sometimes more than one. Sometimes it is hard for parents or young people to know what they all mean. 

 

Another question often asked how to know what qualifications and registrations mean. In the UK we have a number of regulatory bodies which are approved of by the Professional Standards Commitee. The one I am registered with is BACP. 

I choose an integrative approach because this gives me greater flexibility to shape the therapy around the child or young person's needs. In addition, more than one model helps me understand my clients struggles from a variety of viewpoints. At core I am a relational therapist as I believe it is 'in relationship' that struggles can be helped.

 

The models which underpin my approach are attachment theory which examines how early attachment experiences can influence later relationships and psychodynamic technique which pays attention to unconscious processes. I also draw on relational neurobiology which considers how the mind-body connection is not a separate entity, this is especially important when working with children and young people. My training and understanding of child development also lies at the heart of how I can support children and young people. These approaches are all evidence based and work well together to support regulation and relational work.

 

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