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Dr Susan Chantrell Child | Adolescent Psychotherapist

Adoption Support

Psychotherapists who work privately with adopted children, young people and their parents are required to be registered with OFSTED as an Adoption Support Agency. This is because children and young who are adopted are a vulnerable group at additional risk of emotional and behavioural difficulties, due to early histories of disrupted attachments and sometimes early neglect or abuse.

I have been registered as an Adoption Support Agency since 2012 and am able to offer my services as a private Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. I am a member of the Consortium of Adoption Support Agencies (CASA).

In my work in CAMHS, I specialised in work with fostered and adopted children, young people and their parents. Although my main training is in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, I have also pursued an interest in attachment theory. I had some further training in Theraplay, an attachment based therapy, which has influenced my work with parents and children together where there are attachment difficulties.

My doctoral research was about a little boy in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and in transition from fostering to adoption. My study was of how he expressed, explored and developed his internal representations of self and carers in his psychotherapy treatment.

The range of treatment that I can offer is the same as for other children, young people and families, as outlined in the ‘Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy’ page and the ‘My Services’ part of the 'Home' page. However my work with adoptive parents and their children is additionally informed by my knowledge and experience with adoptive families. This means that I take account of the following: the parent or parents’ journey to become adopters; the child’s history, some of which might not be fully known; attachment difficulties; issues concerning contact with or searching for birth parents or other relatives; issues of culture, difference and identity; the lifelong nature of the effects of adoption which may appear at different points in the lifespan; wanting to know and not wanting to know about the past.