Support for children

Children can experience difficulties in much the same way as adults, dealing with the pressures of school, exams, sexuality, developing relationships and family life. With our support, we can help children move forward with their lives and feel happier, more confident and more comfortable when communicating with their peers.

How can we help?

Our objective is to help children to identify the difficulties that they are experiencing, how this makes them feel and what they can do to change it, either themselves, or with the support of their friends and family.

Our clinicians will undertake detailed assessments and subsequent counselling sessions for children experiencing a wide range of difficulties. This support may take the form of Child Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Occupational Therapy, depending on the specific issue. However, all decisions regarding treatment options will be made with the full consent of both the child and caregivers.

What help is most effective?

In most instances, our initial assessments will dictate that we recommend children undertake a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These sessions will help them learn strategies that will enable them to cope in situations which trigger anxiety and overcome their difficulties.

Alternatively, we may conclude that the specific difficulty they are experiences may benefit from additional Psychological, Clinical or Occupational Therapy.  Should this be the case, we will discuss our suggestions with the child’s parent/guardian and will not commence any therapy until they are comfortable with the decision. 

Whichever therapy we provide, there is no doubt that it can be very helpful for children to talk to a professional who they do not know, allowing them to be more open and honest about their thoughts and feelings.

Treatment options
We can help both children and adults with a wide variety of issues and difficulties, many of which are listed below.  If you would like to find out more or ask about any issues not listed below, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.
Anger management Children
Most children have behavioural problems from time to time and anger is a normal and useful emotion. It can tell children that a situation feels is unfair or is not right. However, being a powerful emotion and it can be quite alarming to see a child react to anger with aggressive outbursts. During a given situation they may feel criticised, misunderstood or falsely accused which leads to a sense of injustice. The cumulative effect of a number of these situations can lead the child to believe they are not good enough, wrong or a bad person. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Attention Deficit Hyper Activity (ADHD) Children
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can present with symptoms that include impulsiveness, difficulties concentrating on one task and hyperactivity. People suffering from ADHD can be diagnosed at an early age, however symptoms may only become apparent when their circumstances change, for instance when they start school.  Symptoms usually improve with age, but many adults with the condition may have additional problems, such as sleep difficulties , anxiety and feel low in mood. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) / Autism assessment (ADOS) / Aspergers Children
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the term used to describe a number of conditions, including Asperger Syndrome. These conditions typically affect a person's ability to interact with society, as well their general interests, behaviour and ability to learn. They will often see, hear and feel the world differently to other people and although many autistic people share certain difficulties, it will most likely affect them in different ways. People with Asperger Syndrome in particular don’t usually experience the same learning difficulties that those with Autism do but might still have difficulties with understanding and processing language. For more information and details of how we can help please or to book an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment   please get in touch.
Eating disorders Children
Eating disorders can take a number of forms, but typically refer to an individual with an unhelpful attitude to food which is leading to anxiety and distress. This may result in them eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with weight or diet. Eating disorders may include anorexia nervosa, bulimia or binge eating and can affect both males and females of any age.  For more information and details of how we can  offer help and support please get in touch.
Insomnia / Sleep difficulties Children
The time we spend sleeping is vital in terms of our mental and physical health. The stresses and pressures of daily life can often have adverse effects on our sleep and whether or not we feel rested when we wake up. Although it varies for everyone, the average adult requires approximately 7-8 hours per night, and children can require up to 14 hours or more. If you or someone you know are suffering from persistent poor sleep or insomnia, we can help. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Low mood and depression Children
Children and teenagers often suffer from low moods and depression, feelings that can be long-lasting and wide range of effects on their wider life. Identifying these difficulties early is key in terms of instigating change. We recognise the pressures faced by young people and can help make both the individual and their parents and teachers aware of key signs and symptoms they should look out for. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Low self-esteem Children
Having low self-esteem can have a real impact on a child's life, affecting their ability to develop relationships, pursue a interest and hobby and achieve a sense of wellbeing. It can result in feeling of guilt and blame, as well as anxiety and low mood. There are many ways that these feelings can be overcome, tailoring support to the child and their personal interests and goals. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Managing exam stress Children
When young people experience stress linked to school work they may disengage from the subject and fall behind with their studies. It may present as difficulties with concentration and attention, trouble sleeping, mood swings, changes in appetite, social problems such as relationship difficulties. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Children
OCD is an anxiety disorder linked to unwanted thoughts (obsessions), these thoughts lead to anxiety and behaviours or other ways of neutralising unwanted thoughts (compulsions).  The behaviours reduce anxiety in the short term but not in the long term. While many of us have quirks and behaviours  which we may label OCD in a mild and often light-hearted way, OCD is a real problem for many people and impacts on an individuals’ quality of life and health. The way in which OCD can manifests itself in people can vary widely, but we can help. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Perfectionism Children
Perfectionism is a tendency to set high standards that can either not be met, or can only be met with great difficulty. Perfectionists tend to believe that achieving anything short of perfection is a failure, and that even minor imperfections will lead to catastrophe – a stressful and unpleasant experience for children in particular. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Panic attacks Children
Panic attacks occur when your body experiences a rush of intense psychological and physical symptoms. The individual may feel an overwhelming sense of fear, apprehension and anxiety as well physical symptoms such as nausea, sweating and breathing difficulties. Living with the threat of panic attacks can be extremely debilitating, but is certainly treatable. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch..
Relationship difficulties Children
The relationships with have with each other; our families, friends, partners, colleagues are vital to our wellbeing and sense of self.  The intricacies of these relationships are specific to each individual but can often be frustrating, stressful or scary.  It is important to remember that these difficulties are common and that you are not alone.  In addition, we can help - for more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Separation anxiety Children
Separation anxiety can be a serious emotional problem characterised by extreme distress when a child is away from their parent family member or guardian. With anxiety is difficult to establish whether or not a child simply needs time and patience to overcome their fears, or whether they would benefit from professional support to learn techniques and strategies to overcome their distress. We can work with the child and their parents to determine the issues and take steps to help – for more information please get in touch.
Social anxiety Children
Social anxiety disorder is a persistent and often overwhelming fear of social situations and is one of the most common anxiety disorders in children. It can manifest itself as an extreme form of shyness where the sufferer can experience fear and anxiety when undertaking everyday activities such as going out in public and speaking on the phone. People with social anxiety will worry about social activities before, during and after they take place which can become very distressing. They often fear they will do or say something wrong that will draw negative attention to themselves and this often has a serious effect on self-esteem and confidence. For more information and details of how we can help, please get in touch.