It can be distressing to see that your child is experiencing difficulties.
We have extensive experience in working with children and adolescents who are struggling with their mental health. It may be that there is a query, or a diagnosis, of difficulties such as autism, Asperger's, ADHD, pervasive avoidant disorder or attachment difficulties which are resulting in behaviours within the home or school environment that are difficult to manage.
Every child, and adult, is different.
Whilst some children may present with difficulties in such a way that are easy to observe, some may internalise their difficulties and this may present as sleep difficulties, a general sense of being physically unwell, or self-harm to list but a few.
We are able to provide support to both parents, and the child, and offer services for children as young as preschool age.
As providers of psychological services for children, we are able to adapt our provision to meet the child's needs, whether that be as a result of their age, cognitive difficulties (such as learning difficulties, or acquired brain injury) or their anxiety in engaging in therapeutic work. We can provide talking therapies, alongside more creative therapy approaches such as the use of play and art.
Parents often raise their concerns about the child missing school to attend appointments. We understand this concern, and for that reason we are able to offer after-school appointments or alternatively are willing to meet with children in school should this be more suitable.
When working with children is important to consider the system around them, they are often reliant upon a number of individuals in their lives to support them with their mental health needs, such as parents, school staff, other professionals involved (such as speech and language therapists) and extended family such as siblings or grandparents. As a result, we are able to provide support within the systems either through family therapy, attendance at meetings, or submission of reports to contribute to documents such as your child's educational healthcare plan (EHCP).
If you feel that your child would benefit from psychological input, and would like to discuss the options available contact us here.