I am an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London. I am a member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists(ACP), British Psychoanalytic Council(BPC) and Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists. I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and work with children in a non-directive way, in which the child can express their thoughts and feelings through play, drawing or talking with me. Most children do a combination of these things. For adolescents psychotherapy is the ‘talking cure’, but they might also choose to draw or write down their thoughts and feelings. I also have an interest in attachment theory, which helps me in my work with children and parents together.
I worked for many years in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service(CAMHS) in London. So I have a broad experience of working with children, young people and parents with a wide range of emotional and behavioural issues, including: anxiety; depression; family relationship difficulties including those arising from divorce; attachment difficulties; hyperactivity; low self-esteem. I also have experience with emotional and behavioural issues arising from physical and learning disability, autistic spectrum disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome.
I currently teach at the Tavistock Clinic. I also have a private practice in which I see children, adolescents and parents.
I have a particular interest in working with adopted children and young people, and with adoptive parents. This is a specialist area of work and has required me to be registered with OFSTED as an Adoption Support Agency.
I provide a flexible range of services. I usually start with one or more meetings with parents to learn in detail about your worries about your child. This can sometimes be enough to help and set you off in the right direction.
I can further offer to see your child for an assessment, which involves seeing him or her for a few times on their own. Following this we can think together and discuss options for further therapy, if we jointly consider that it would be helpful, tailored to your family’s needs.
For example this might involve a fixed number of individual sessions for your child or more open-ended long-term therapy. You might prefer to have further sessions just as parents, to have a supportive space to think about how you are helping your child at home. Sessions for parents and children together or for siblings together are also possible. Whatever approach is chosen, there would be regular reviews of progress with you. And if you do not want to continue in private treatment, I am happy to advise and help with a referral to NHS services.
One possibility is a Six Session Family Package. In this package I suggest an initial meeting and a final feed-back meeting for parents. The other four sessions can be used flexibly for family members in various combinations. This sort of approach can be particularly useful when a family is struggling with a particular issue, for example a sleep or separation problem in a young child. It can also serve as an initial assessment to inform discussions about further work.