How do I work?
I offer one-to-one psychotherapy to children and adolescents aged 3-17 years old. Sessions are 50mins and we would aim to meet weekly at The Portobello Clinic in Notting Hill. My approach depends greatly on the child’s age, particular needs and circumstances. I generally start by meeting with the child’s parents for an initial consultation on their own, for about an hour and a half. If we feel we are a good fit and decide to work together, I can begin to work with the child directly in a safe, caring and confidential space. I work closely with parents and continue to meet with them regularly. With adolescents, we may agree for me to meet with them on their own from the start.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, meaning that I draw upon my training in various theoretical models. These include but are not limited to Attachment and Psychodynamic theories, underpinned by the latest neurobiological research. I am also trained in the therapeutic use of the arts. I recognise play, creativity and the imagination as valuable elements in the healing process. I always aim to meet each young person’s unique needs by honouring and respecting their individuality, within their cultural framework.
How do I use the creative arts in therapy?
Children of all ages can find it difficult to express themselves and may struggle to engage in the more traditional ‘talking therapy’. Images and play are the child’s natural language, therefore the arts can provide them with an alternative, creative and gentle way to express their feelings. They also help me to better understand their thoughts, behaviours and emotional experiences. I use the following modalities within my sessions:
• Drawing and painting
• Sand play
• Dance, movement and bodywork
• Creative writing, poetry and story telling
Why do children come to therapy?
It is normal for all of us to experience difficulties and struggles in life. Sometimes, these challenges can feel overwhelming and of a persistent nature, causing some distress. As a result, they can interfere with daily activities and impact several areas of our lives, such as our ability to learn or to develop healthy relationships. Children can be particularly sensitive to these difficulties and psychotherapy can offer them the support they need to encourage self-awareness, develop healthier coping styles and improve their relationship with themselves and others. Below are examples of areas that I work with, however they are by no means limited to this list:
• Low self-confidence
• Worry and anxiety
• Trouble with anger and aggression
• Fear and phobias
• Sadness or depression
• Bereavement and loss
• Difficulties with peer relationships
• Family conflict; parental divorce/separation
• Eating disorders
• Oppositional or defiant behaviour
• Substance misuse (drugs or alcohol)
• Impulsivity / hyper- or under-activity
• Toilet issues and bed wetting
• Difficulties at school, trouble learning
• Difficulties sleeping, nightmares/night terrors
• Difficulties separating from parent/carer
• Physical ailments (constant tummy aches, headaches, body pain, etc)
• Gender identity
• Adoption or foster care
• Parental illness
• Serious childhood illness, hospitalisation, injury
• Trauma, illness, abuse
• Speech and language difficulties
• Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
• ADD/ADHD (attention disorders)
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Self-harm and self-destructive behaviour
• Feelings about suicide
• Sexual and relationship problems
• Stealing and lying
To book an initial consultation to discuss whether therapy might be a good choice for your child, please email me at email@example.com or fill in the form on the 'Contacts' page and I will be happy to explore this option with you.