Adolescents, Children and Families

It’s sometimes hard to know when you should seek therapy for your child or your family. Therapy is for when your child’s behaviour has changed, whether at school, at home or with friends. It’s for when your child is doing badly at school even though you know he/she is bright. It’s for when your child no longer wants to go to school. It’s for when your child is fighting or arguing with others all the time and you can’t see why. It’s for when your child is being bullied, or for when your child is the bully. It’s for when you can no longer communicate, when family time has been taken up with constant arguments, shouting, slammed doors and angry silences. It’s for when either you or your child can no longer continue the way things are.

I diagnose and treat educational, behavioural and emotional problems in children (from 6 years old) and adolescents, specialising in comprehensive treatment: parent and school consultancy and individual and family therapy. I treat a wide range of problems, and have additional specialist knowledge of giftedness and underachievement (I have also written about it - see In print for more details). When you know that something is wrong because there is a noticeable change in your child’s behaviour, or even when things have never been quite right and you want that to change, it isn’t always easy to pinpoint exactly what is wrong and to find the right specialist.

Problems will often manifest themselves in other (often unrelated) areas, so it’s likely that whatever you approach me about will turn out to be only part of what’s really going on. Having a wide range of specialisations (including educational issues), enables me to deal with whatever it is that is troubling your child in a coordinated way. This all-encompassing approach has a higher chance of success. Also, since parents, family and school form an integral part of a child’s world, it’s important for treatment to include them too, whenever necessary.

I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to help you find out more about how I can help your child or your family. Just pick up the phone and talk to me. We’ll see what I can do and take it from there. If we decide to proceed, I will book an intake session with you, without your child. This will enable us to discuss the problem openly and at length, without the risk that our words will influence your child. Next, I will book an intake session with your child, without you. This will enable me to see how your child sees the problem, and for us to get to know each other and to start building a relationship of trust without the risk that your presence will influence this process in any way. If necessary (and only with your consent), I will book additional intake sessions with the school, or anyone else closely involved with your child’s life. Once I have enough information, I can decide on the appropriate course of action and treatment can begin.

When it comes to children, they are more easily approachable and their behaviour is more natural at home than it would be in an unfamiliar environment. I usually see children and families in their own home. However, if appropriate, it is possible for meetings with parents and adolescents to take place at my consulting rooms in central London.

My main therapeutic approach is Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (EDT). I am trained in two types of EDT: Intensive Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (IE-DP) and Affect Phobia Therapy (APT). I am a Certified APT-Therapist and a Certified APT-Trainer. I have extensive experience in the use of EDT with children and adolescents (I have also written about it - see In Print for more details). I also have extensive experience and expertise on the use of APT with children and adolescents and give workshops on the subject to therapists. EDT is open to the integration of elements from other models, and, when necessary, I use elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy. For educational problems I use the Cognitive Approach: I choose diagnostic tools that lead directly to solutions (focusing on thinking, learning and problem-solving skills) above ones that simply classify and quantify (i.e. standardised testing).

Fees
Individual session £115.00 per 50 minutes
Family session £150.00 per 50 minutes