Therapy for Children and Teenagers in Nottingham

Does your child need some extra help?

Life can present children with difficulties too, sometimes children can benefit from working with a skilled therapist who can present a playful and restorative way in engaging with those difficulties which at the time seem overwhelming.

Common reasons for seeking therapy for your child include:

  • Attachment issues
  • Behavioural problems, anger, temper tantrums, withdrawal
  • Depression, crying, anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Overcoming trauma or grief
  • Communication problems
  • Social and relationship difficulties
  • Family break ups
  • Eating and food-related problems

Do you have a teenager who is struggling?

Teenagers can face all the above issues and an ever-growing number of particular challenges. From the pressures of school life, to relationships, to the development of their identity to the lure of the internet, adolescents have all kinds of pressures to deal with. Some teenagers benefit from therapeutic support to prevent a downward spiralling into anxiety, phobias, stress, obsessive compulsive behaviours and depression when faced with the huge developmental task of adolescence.

If you have a teenager who is showing some of these typical signs of adolescent psychological problems, then psychotherapy or dramatherapy could help:

  • Difficulty in coping with daily life
  • Excessive worrying
  • Extended period of depression and lethargy
  • Noticeable changes in eating and/or sleeping
  • References to suicide or self-harm
  • Apparent changes in personality
  • Volatile mood
  • Difficulties in attending school/college.

In working with children and teenagers, parents/carers are also offered consultations alongside the individual work with the referred client so that there is some shared thinking around the presenting difficulties and the parental understanding and response to the child/young person. This will be discussed with you at the initial consultation regarding your child’s current difficulties.

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During adolescence a young person is evolving a sense of self that is reliable and consistent both for oneself and for others.  Cognitively a young person is developing a continued growth of capacity for abstract thought, a greater capacity for setting goals, an interest in moral reasoning, and existentially thinking about the meaning of life. There is evidence of intense self-involvement, changing phase earlier difficulties and traumas can be unexpectedly stirred up.

Providing a framework for understanding these deeper levels of anxiety, can support the processes of individuation and personal growth.