Psychological therapy for Children, Adolescents and Families

Psychological therapy for Children, Adolescents and Families cheltenhamPsychological therapy refers to a variety of techniques and methods used to help children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behaviour. This may involve an individual child, a group of children, a family, or just the parent.

Psychological problems can manifest themselves in variety of ways such as depression, anxiety, underperformance at school, difficulties with friends, psychosomatic symptoms, behavioural difficulties, such as anger and sometimes, even more worryingly, as self-harm, eating disorders or other risky behaviours.

Benefits of Psychological Therapy

Psychological therapy can provide parents with space to think separately about their children or work with parents and children together. Therapy helps children and adolescents in a variety of ways. It provides a confidential space for emotional support and understanding. It encourages parents, children and young people to think about their feelings and problems and to try out new solutions and ideas and look at the issues in a different light.

Treatment

Usually when families come to us the problems have been going on for some time. The initial appointment is usually an hour to an hour and a half. For this appointment we usually encourage more family members to attend in order to get a fuller picture of the problem in the context of the family. Sometimes this is not appropriate and the parents may wish to attend initially without the child as they may not wish to discuss some details with the child present. At other times adolescents may want to come independent of their parents.

From this initial assessment a plan is made about the shared understanding of the problem and the most helpful way forward. This may involve individual sessions for the child or for the child and parent separately. Our ongoing appointments are usually an hour and we prefer to see children regularly at weekly or fortnightly intervals for therapy. We will regularly review therapeutic treatment with parents and children to moniter progress and advise accordingly.

The Consortium

At CHHC we have an independent group of clinical child and adolescent psychologists and psychotherapists, known as The Consortium. The group has been established for 10 years and members also work in the local NHS mental health services for children . Their approach is informed by psychoanalytic, attachment, cognitive behavioural and developmental theories. One of their aims is to increase understanding of emotional factors that can underlie the sometimes complex and worrying behaviours of children and young people.

The Consortium offer individual assessments and therapeutic interventions as appropriate, such as family work, individual therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy , psychotherapy and psychometric assessments of ability and functioning. They are available to work with schools and also offer consultation and training to organizations.

www.childtherapyprofessionals.co.uk

Practitioners

Liz Stott MA (Hons), MSc (ClinPsych), HPC Registered – Chartered Clinical Psychologist

  • About Liz
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  • Liz is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked extensively within the NHS with children, adolescents and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has post qualification training in Family Therapy, Child Neuropsychology, Organisational Consultancy and has undertaken specialist training in attachment based therapies including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
     
     
     
     
  •  Working Days: Tuesdays and other days by appointment.

  • www.childtherapyprofessionals.co.uk

  • Psychological therapy for Children, Adolescents and Families
    £60 per hour for individual families.
    Other organizations and types of assessment by arrangement

Nicky Hardy BSc, Dip(Dist)IMH, DClinPsy, AFBPS, HPC Registered Chartered Clinical Psychologist

  • About Nicky
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  •  Nicky is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working within the NHS with children, adolescents and their families. She has a post qualification training in Child Neuropsychology, Infant Mental Health and in expert witness skills. She specializes in Paediatrics and mental health and work with children under five.
     
     
     
     
  •  Workings Days: by appointment.
  • www.childtherapyprofessionals.co.uk

  • Psychological therapy for Children, Adolescents and Families
    £60 per hour for individual families.
    Other organizations and types of assessment by arrangement