Child Therapy

Who is it for?

Child psychotherapists work with individual children. They may meet with families who have worries about their babies or very young children. Parent support sessions are offered alongside a child’s therapy. If a child is in care, support work takes place with foster carers and social workers. 


What’s it for?

Child psychotherapy can be helpful for most emotional, behavioural, psychological, social or developmental difficulties. Child psychotherapists can also help children to deal with learning and physical disabilities, as well as those on the autistic spectrum. Children may be reacting to life events which everyone knows about or it may be that difficulties have started without any obvious cause. 


Some of the issues psychotherapy can help with include:


  • anxiety

  • depression

  • behaviour difficulties

  • bullying

  • adhd

  • add

  • hyperactivity

  • low self-esteem

  • self-harm

  • post-traumatic symptoms

  • bereavement 

  • eating issues

  • sleeping difficulties 

  • hygiene and toileting problems

  • difficulties with gender identity 

  • phobias


How does it work?

A session lasts 50 minutes. During this time a younger child might be encouraged to play, whilst older children might draw or paint. Such activities help explore feelings and difficulties it might not be possible to speak about. These difficulties will often be expressed in problematic relationships or worrying behaviours. As the therapeutic relationship develops the psychotherapist is able to work with these difficulties and help the child make sense of their experience, developing their individuality and potential. This supports the child in processing fears and anxieties, putting them into words. As a result, they are likely to feel less anxious, more able to learn and are better equipped to sustain friendships. Improvements in family relationships, as well as with professionals such as teachers, can also follow.