Why would a child or young person need to see a therapist?

Sometimes, a child or young person may have had a particularly challenging start in life or are currently going through difficult circumstances at school or at home. It may be hard for the child or young person to express they are having difficulties or that they are feeling unhappy. If this is the case, thay may show how they feel through their behaviour - perhaps by acting aggressively, self-harming, hurting others or seeming withdrawn or anxious. Others may indicate distress by physically hurting themselves, or even soiling or wetting the bed. Some children have a diagnosis - for example Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  As a parent or carer, although you are doing your best, you may feel like you're struggling with your child's behaviour and need some external support and guidance.

 

Seeing a therapist does not mean there is 'something wrong' with your child - it just means that at the moment you and your child may benefit from having a space to think about and reflect on current difficulties.

 

 
What kind of children and young people do we work with?
 

We work with children of all ages and families from all cultures and ethnic backgrounds. You may be seeking help for any of the following:

 

  • Attachment difficulties

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) / Autism

  • Anxiety / Anxiety Disorders

  • Bedwetting / toiletting issues

  • Behavioural problems

  • Bereavement

  • Bullying

  • Depression

  • Eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, over-eating and binging)

  • Family problems

  • Low self-esteem

  • Peer and relationship difficulties

  • Phobias

  • School refusal

  • Self-hurting or self-harming behaviours

  • Suicidal ideation (thoughts and feelings)

  • Trauma