Complex social changes in recent years mean that young people today experience more anxiety, depression and behavioural difficulties than ever before. From the impact of social media, the ‘gaming’ culture and increased academic pressures in our education system; to families experiencing greater divorce/separation and financial pressures, it is understandable children and teenagers today can struggle.
What you might notice as a parent
Young people don’t always put their emotional difficulties into words and so we might recognise that they are going through a tough time by picking up on behavioural patterns. As a parent, you might notice withdrawal, challenging behaviour, a loss of confidence and your child shying away from social activities. You might pick up on him or her feeling sad, anxious, or engaging in more obsessional or ritualistic behaviours.
I am aware that as a parent, it can feel hard to know how to best support your child when they are going through a difficult time. I also understand how daunting it can feel to find the right Psychologist and to begin the process of therapy. Knowing this, I pride myself on offering a friendly, respectful therapy service that holds the young person and their emotional needs at the very centre.
My way of working
All young people are unique with various different factors contributing towards their psychological difficulties. As such, I tailor my therapeutic approach to each individual child that I work with, aiming to meet their personal goals at their own pace, in a contained and confidential space.
I have been trained to work in an integrative way, which means that I am able to draw from a variety of Psychological therapies to address your child’s personal difficulties and individual needs. While predominantly using a Cognitive Behavioural approach (CBT), I incorporate aspects of Mindfulness, Humanistic Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Psychodynamic theory. I am passionate about the work I do with young people of all ages and will often work systemically, which means that alongside the child/teenager I always involve parents/carers in order to provide support and strengthen relationships within the family as well as the parenting role.