I have completed a Master’s level training in integrative child psychotherapy at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. This training included a two-year infant observation.
As an integrative child and adolescent psychotherapist I draw upon a range of theoretical frameworks to inform my work. These include psychodynamic, attachment-focussed, developmental and cognitive models. I support this work with the growing body of work within the field of neurobiology. My work is relationship-based and I make links with children and young people through the use of play, art and talking.
For teenagers and young adults I will usually meet with the young person together with their parent, parents or carers for an introductory meeting to introduce myself, gather information and talk about how I can help. Teenagers and young people often want space to discuss what's troubling them away from parents/carers. However, sometimes the therapy requires parents and carers to be actively involved in treatment. This means I sometimes suggest that parents/carers attend sessions or part of sessions with their child or that they come to separate sessions. This type of whole family approach can be the key to a successful outcome.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A THERAPY SESSION?
Teenagers can find themselves facing many emotional difficulties which can intrude upon both their school and home life. These emotional difficulties can exhibit themselves as angry or aggressive behaviours, feeling depressed, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders and exploration with substance abuse. It can be very worrying and sometimes frightening to see young people experiencing these difficulties.
Talking can help young person to express themselves and give them the opportunity to understand more about their emotional needs.
Talking about the difficulties they are experiencing in a confidential, understanding, trustworthy and supporting environment will help them to understand what is happening for them emotionally and how they can look at life through a fresh lens and experiment with new ideas and ways of being.