Child psychotherapy

Working with children and parents

If you are a parent/caregiver who is concerned about your child’s behaviour, or their emotional well-being, or your child is struggling with stress related to learning difficulties and poor concentration or you need help assisting them with adjustment post divorce, a bereavement, or a recently diagnosed terminal illness, an assessment for therapy would be offered.

The assessment for therapy  includes meeting with parents/caregivers, individual play therapy sessions and confidential feedback requested from their school as well as parent feedback sessions. Recommendations will then be made as to what treatment is best suited to the difficulties presenting. The assessment process aims to be therapeutic in and of itself and can lead to working directly with parents or recommending play therapy for your child.

If required I will work closely with Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Speech and Language Therapists in assisting with the emotional difficulties that can accompany learning difficulties, developmental delays and difficulties with attention and concentration

Play therapy

For younger children play is the way they communicate feelings, hopes, fears and worries. So like talk therapy for adults play therapy  provides children with the opportunity to express themselves and for the therapist to enter the child’s world to understand and help them with their emotional difficulties.

Parent-infant psychotherapy

Parent-Infant psychotherapy is supportive short term psychotherapy that aims to meet help with immediate presenting problems in the baby or the toddler, and to help the parent and child feel more positively about themselves and their interaction.Some parents are worried or uncertain about parenthood or they feel concerned about their baby or toddler.

Parent-infant psychotherapy, addresses questions, worries and concerns raised by parents by focusing on the interaction between parent and baby so the infant and parent can develop or continue to develop a healthy attachment.