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Finding the right support for you and your family

Anna Freud is a specialist project-driven service, and we provide a small range of services for families and young people based in London.

Getting to know you and understanding your individual needs is important to us and so we work with whole families or the networks of people who are important to you, or we can work with just you. Please see the information below to find out more about the services we currently offer.

Adoptive children and families

Our team works with adoptive and special guardianship families involves parents/carers as well as children and young people and whole families as we aim to improve the child’s experience in their relationships with parents and carers, as well as in their wider families and schools.

Support for Children and Adolescents

Our team of eight psychotherapists are provide a safe space to understand individuals’ feelings, thoughts, and behaviour, psychotherapy can help increase understanding.

Children who have experienced potentially traumatic events; including domestic violence, homicide, abuse, neglect and traumatic bereavement

Our specialist multi-disciplinary team undertakes whole family assessments pre- or during care proceedings including exploration of parenting capacity, adult psychiatric, attachment, trauma, cognitive and neurodevelopmental functioning and needs.

Families in conflict following parental separation or divorce

The Contact and Residence Dispute team have developed and delivers complex assessment and interventions for parents in conflict, often involved with the family courts.

Family court work

Family trauma do complete court assessments for looked after children placed in foster care, but our reflective care work is equally appropriate to this group

Parents looking to better understand their child’s behaviour

Reflective Parenting is a model of parenting based on theoretical ideas from mentalization – the ability of a parent to understand the thoughts, feelings and intentions behind the behaviour of both themselves and their child.

Therapeutic support for under-fives and their parent/carer(s)

Our team offers support to children under-five, and their parent/carer(s), including assessment of difficulties, and psychological family interventions, as well as offering Reflective Practice guidance for professionals.

Getting support

It’s not always easy to ask for help. It can be difficult to know where to start with explaining how you feel, or knowing what support you might need. Our helpful clinical support team will be able to guide your referral to one of our relevant services. 

Please complete our online referral form and one of our teams will be in touch with you to see how we might be able to help. Alternatively, you can contact our main reception and ask to speak with our clinical support team on +44(0)20 7794 2313 or email us at

If our current specialist therapeutic offers don’t fit the needs of you and your family, we would recommend speaking to your GP and checking your local borough’s website for wellbeing services.

If you need some more immediate support, please Click Here to see our list of resources you can use in an emergency or whilst you wait for support. 

Looking for help: parents and carers

Looking for help: young people

What to expect at your first appointment

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. Their role is to monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure that services meet the fundamental standards of quality and safety.