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Why consult us?
Range of services
Child and Family
Treating chronic pain
EMDR & TRAUMA STRESS
EMDR study group
Traumatic stress defined
Rent a room
and Family Consultations
As parents our greatest
hope is that our children grow up remaining safe, happy and reach their
While growing up it is common for children to
face challenges and feel pain. As young children they may experience
stresses such as toilet training, establishing bed-time routines and
attending school. As they get older they may experience difficulties
their schoolwork or with their parents, as they begin to establish their
sense of identity. At such times it is common for children to feel
emotional changes, such as sadness, insecurity, anger and frustration, as
well as changes in their behaviour and relationships with their family.
For most children such changes are temporary and do not greatly impact on
their lives or goals. Unfortunately, some children may attempt to deal
with these challenges in ways that are actually damaging to their
long-term well-being. Often parents can see the changes in their child
but feel unable to help him/her cope with life’s demands.
Unfortunately all too often,
despite our best efforts to protect them, our children may have
experiences that leave them unhappy and distressed, such as accidents,
illness or injury. Sometimes parents are aware of such
experiences, can recognise the impact they have had on the child but do
not feel qualified to help their children. Sometimes parents are unaware
that anything has happened, they simply know that their child is unhappy
and behaving differently. Often these changes are also short-term and
children learn to cope with life’s challenges.
do I know if my child needs professional help?
most children learn to cope with life’s challenges but as parents we still
want to provide the very best help and support that we can for our
children. Below are some questions to help you decide if you should seek
professional advice regarding your child’s difficulties.
your child’s current difficulties disrupting daily functioning?
e.g. sleep, appetite, school attendance, friendships,
child’s current difficulties affecting normal developmental milestones?
e.g. toileting, school attendance, sleeping alone
child’s symptoms severe? e.g.
depression, anxiety, paranoia about safety, hallucinations
child trying to cope or behaving in ways that may be harmful to
his/her/others’ well-being? e.g.
aggression, fire starting, self-harm, substance misuse or risk taking
Health Professionals we
understand the feelings and anxieties that parents
have about their children’s well-being. We have a team of specialist
psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors who can help your child and your
family overcome their difficulties. Our therapists can help you, and
your child, understand better the nature of his/her difficulties and
develop an individual treatment plan to meet your child’s needs.
first session with the therapist will be with only the parents. The
purpose of this session is to introduce each other and obtain detailed
information about the child’s difficulties. As well as information about
current difficulties, information may also be obtained regarding the
strengths, interests and relationships
which the family have coped to date
react to life stresses in many ways and often internalise beliefs about
themselves. Sometimes children feel that the world is no longer a safe
place or that they may not deserve good things to happen to them.
Understanding these beliefs is another important part of assessing your
child’s difficulties. After completing the assessment your therapist will
agree a treatment plan in partnership with yourselves and the child. The
actual treatment method will vary depending upon the nature of your
child’s difficulties, as will the required length of treatment. Most
children are seen weekly or fortnightly for one-hour sessions.