Who We Help
The Child Therapy Service offers a range of highly specialised therapeutic assessments and treatments for children from around three years of age into adolescence. We provide support to children experiencing a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including:
- Aggressive behaviour
- Psychosomatic symptoms
- Obsessive compulsive symptoms
- Problems in relationships with peers and significant others.
- Struggling to cope with significant life events such as divorce, adoption, bereavement or other potentially traumatic life experiences.
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, psychologists and allied health professionals.
To be eligible for this service it is recommend that you live within a 45 minute journey from the Centre.
How We Help
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 anxious, sad or depressed. Child Therapy Service offers a number of therapeutic interventions to treat emotional distress and behavioural issues.
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. 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.
How We Learn and Develop
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.
How We Train Others
We can provide highly specialist training, consultation to allied professionals.
For more information please contact Marta Wojciechowska, Training and Conferences Officer:
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.
How to Find Out More
For all enquiries please contact Laura Baver, Clinical Intake Coordinator, 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.
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.