Child & Adolescent Psychology

Child & Adolescent Psychology

Types of Difficulties Treated

Within our child and adolescent service, we support children and young people with a range of difficulties. These include:

  • Anxiety, worries and phobias
  • Low mood, sadness and depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Tic disorder and Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Friendship issues and bullying
  • Family difficulties
  • Bed wetting and toilet training
  • Feeding difficulties and faddy eating
  • Autism, Asperger’s and developmental difficulties
  • Emotional difficulties in the context of autism/ ASD
  • Issues with self-esteem and confidence
  • Bereavement
  • Trauma including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and issues resulting from difficult experiences, such as illness or accidents

Child and Adolescent Psychology Kent

What will happen during my appointment

 

Typically, the young person and their parent or care giver will be seen for an initial assessment session, aimed at gathering relevant information and developing a shared understanding of the difficulty and treatment goals. This appointment usually takes between an hour and 90 minutes. We will then suggest an appropriate intervention and treatment plan and outline what this will involve. Assessment and treatment plans will be guided by available research and evidence, as outlined by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to ensure the most appropriate interventions are offered.

Following the initial assessment, therapy sessions are usually 50 minutes long and take place weekly or fortnightly. Although the number of sessions needed varies greatly, typically this would range between six and twelve sessions.

We understand that children and young people operate in a wider system and therefore offer support to the young person themselves as well as other members of the family and adults involved in the child’s life (such as schools) where appropriate. The assessment and intervention are always geared towards the young person’s developmental stage and individual needs. We understand that seeking help through a professional can be a daunting experience for young people and families and endeavor to offer a friendly and accessible service, aimed at putting the young person at ease.

 

Types of therapy offered

A range of therapies are available and will be offered in accordance with the presentation and needs of the child or young person. These include:

 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Intervention
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Habit Reversal, Exposure Response Prevention and CBIT
  • Mindfulness

If you would like to know more then please contact us