Children and adolescents

Here at East Yorkshire Psychology we specialize in proving assessment and therapy for the whole range of developmental, parenting and family difficulties. As trained Paediatric Psychologists we can provide a full range of assessments and therapy options for physical  and mental health conditions, neurological and cognitive (learning) disorders.

 

Parenting

It is often said that being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world and if you are a parent reading this page you may feel like you don't have the skills, energy or headspace to see a way forward when you have a child at home who is distressed or that you are in conflict with.

 

Children, like adults, exist within systems - families, schools, communities - and our belief is that trying to help a child or adolescent in times of distress is usually more effective when the system around them is willing and able to make some changes too. Therefore we will usually consider working with parents as well as children individually. Additionally, you may require our support navigating the school system or wish to seek advice on a specialist assessment of ADHD, Autism, Learning difficulties or Mental Health difficulties. 

If you are a parent reading this because of concerns about your child, please feel free to call me to discuss the options. If you think your child needs help but would not come to see a professional, we may still be able to help by discussing an intervention that might help you to feel more able to communicate your concerns with your child, or to feel more able to motivate them to address their difficulties. 

Children

Child therapy is best described as therapy that focuses on one child’s needs in the areas of behaviour, emotion, growth, or skill development. Our child psychologists are highly specialized and trained to support the needs of your child and family. 

Our team work with toddlers and younger children and their parents helping with:

  • Toileting

  • Sleep

  • Feeding

  • Behavioural Difficulties

With older children we will work with you and your child to determine the cause of the presenting difficulties, and create a safe space for your child to feel understood. We use a number of different approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focussed therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, family therapy, and/or parenting guidance.

Child therapy includes help with:

  • adjustment to school or life situations

  • coping with loss/bereavement

  • anger

  • temper tantrums

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • stopping self harm

  • low self-esteem, stress

  • facing trauma

  • communication problems

  • social exclusion

  • family break-ups

  • managing a medical illness

  • sleeping difficulties

  • bed-wetting

  • eating and food-related problems

Adolescents

Therapy can help adolescents by giving them the space to talk about any issues in a safe environment to help them to explore their feelings and concerns whilst also helping them recognise their strengths and weaknesses. We will help them to understand themselves and others as well as teaching them ways of overcoming worries, stresses and negative behaviours.

Adolescents appear to be under an enormous amount of pressure these days with exams and deadlines as well as social media being common stressors. Many adolescents suffer from depression, anxiety, stress-related conditions, low self-esteem, eating disorders, and relational difficulties.

Growing up can be incredibly hard for some teenagers and sometimes they need some professional support of their own. Sometimes the space away from others, concerned parents, teachers and other family members, can be useful to make sense of difficult experiences and relationships. We provide this therapeutic, confidential space to children and adolescents who want to have a greater understanding of themselves and people around them, or to find ways to cope with some of the difficult experiences they are having.

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