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I trained in Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (BTPP). I have extensive experience in working with children and young people in the NHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic), educational settings and social care settings in the UK.
The ACP is the main professional body for psychoanalytic psychotherapists working with children and adolescents in the UK and is registered with the Professional Standards Authority. The ACP is recognised by the Department of Health for accreditation of training in Child Psychotherapy throughout the United Kingdom. I am accredited to work with infants through to young people up to the age of 25 years.
In addition to my private practice I also work as a senior child and adolescent psychotherapist in West Midlands Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), where I am the Under Fives Clinic Lead.
What is Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?
Child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a way of exploring in depth a child's and young person’s conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings. Rather than simply tackling the apparent surface “symptom”, the relationship between the child/ young person and the therapist is central to the treatment. It is through this relationship that a child or young person can be helped to understand him/herself and what might be underlying the difficulties, and also to explore other areas which might be causing problems, thereby manage feelings and behaviour more effectively. This can lead to improvement in their capacity to learn, grow and relate to others.
A child or young person does not need to be able to articulate “what the problem is” in order to access this therapy; children and young people are encouraged to talk (or for younger children play / draw) about whatever comes into their minds, and it is the therapist’s role to identify patterns and make sense of this communication. The relationship with the therapist is crucial as often patterns from other parts of a child's/young person’s life get repeated in the relationship with the therapist, where they can be thought about.
Because psychoanalytic psychotherapy works at such a deep level, often with what is not fully conscious, it is often helpful when other therapies have not been helpful. This is because someone coming for therapy might not be fully aware of why it is that they feel or behave a certain way. It is often appropriate for particularly long-standing or complex difficulties, maybe where a child/ young person has a range of interrelated “symptoms”. It is also often the treatment of choice for very young children and young people who would struggle to engage in other ways of working.
Each case is unique and requires a different approach. Some problems can be quickly worked through via brief intervention, others require a long-term approach.
The Tavistock Clinic - Short course in Working with Under Fives
Anna Freud Centre - ITSIET Specialists: Parental Mental Illness
BTPP Clinical supervision course
NHS Clinical Leadership Masterclass
Video Interaction Guidance (on-going)
Sessions with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults
I offer online sessions with children, adolescent and young adults from 5 - 25 years-old. The treatment can be short or long term, depending on what will be most helpful. The sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes.
Prenatal and Postnatal work
The arrival of a new baby or being pregnant can be a very unsettling time and cause considerable upheaval to the balance of your life. I offer a six session intervention to help with adjusting to pregnancy or parenthood, fear of childbirth or birthing trauma, low mood, bonding issues and managing a baby who is difficult to soothe. Fathers and couples are very welcome, and longer term work can be negotiated if necessary.
Early Years Intervention (0 - 5 years old)
I offer therapeutic sessions for families with babies and children up to 5 years old who have difficulties with settling and sleeping, being too clingy or separation anxiety, severe long lasting tantrums, hair pulling, head banging, excessive crying, toilet training problems, soiling and constipation, prolonged night terrors, eating difficulties, attachment/bonding difficulties. Some sessions will involve parents and the child, and some sessions will involve parents only.
Parental Consultation and Support
I offer one-off or ongoing consultation and support work around children and adolescent mental health, for parents and carers to receive support and guidance on how to support their child. It is a thinking space where parents/carers can be honest about their feelings and frustrations. The work may also focus on helping the parent make sense of the child's behaviour, as well as how the parent's own issues might interfere with their ability as parents.
Consultations with Professionals
I offer consultation to support other professionals who work with children and young people including teachers, social workers, health visitors, doctors, nursery staff and youth workers. The work is to help professionals gain a deeper understanding of the child’s perspective so that they can best meet the child’s needs.
I am offering appointment via Skype or Zoom only
- Clinical Training - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (equivalent to doctoral degree)
- Postgraduate Diploma, Psychoanalytic Observational Studies
- Master of Education (M.Ed) - Psychology of Education
- BA Joint Hons Degree - Childhood and Youth Studies and Psychology
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