The Child Psychotherapy Service offers a range of highly specialised therapeutic assessments and treatments for children under five years of age and up to early adolescence. We provide support to children experiencing a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including:
Another important part of our work is to support parents to help you make sense of your child’s behaviour and to think about the impact these problems may be having on the whole family, as well as providing an opportunity to explore different possibilities in parenting.
The service allows individuals to get support and advice from a team of experienced child and adolescent psychotherapists and allied health professionals.
To be eligible for this service it is recommend that you live within a 45 minute journey from the Centre.
Sometimes emotional problems can get in the way of a child’s development which could start as behavioural difficulties at school or at home, or they might become very anxious, sad or depressed. Child psychotherapy is a way to treat emotional distress through the exploration of thoughts and feelings that may lie behind these problems.
Child psychotherapists observe, reflect, and respond in words and play, according to their understanding of the child’s communications. Thinking and talking with a therapist about their troubled thoughts and feelings can help children to put their experiences into words rather than acting on them. They are helped to make sense of their experience and to develop their potential in relationships and at school.
To ensure that psychotherapy is the best option for your child we will carry out a thorough assessment (usually 2-3 meetings) to find out more about your concerns and the difficulties your child is experiencing. The length and frequency of treatment will vary depending on the specific needs of your child; it can last from a few meetings over a period of weeks to regular weekly sessions over a number of years. In some cases we might see a child several times a week as it can take more intensive work to build up a strong trusting relationship.
To ensure that we continue to provide the highest quality care and improve our service the Centre regularly evaluates the effectiveness of this service. To do this we routinely collect information from the parents and their children (if appropriate) throughout the course treatment. This also allows us to track the progress that your child is making over the course of their treatment.
Children, Young People and Families are at the heart at everything we do. We feel that it is essential to involve service users in the design of our services. We have a number of participation projects we involve parents and young people in. For further information please click here.
We can provide highly specialist training, consultation to allied professionals.
For more information please contact Anna Kennett, Clinical Administrator:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7443 2253
For a full list of the training courses offered at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families please click here.
For all enquiries please contact Laura Baver, Clinical Administrator, who can tell you more about the service and arrange for one of our child psychotherapists to contact you.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7443 2261
Please note that Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a charity and therefore relies on financial contributions from families. We ask families to pay according to the sliding scale which is adjusted to family income. No family will be refused help on the grounds of inability to make a financial contribution.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is strongly committed to ensuring and promoting the safety and wellbeing of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.