My approach is psychodynamic. Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists are skilled in the assessment and treatment of children and young people, and are trained to carefully observe them and respond to what they may be communicating verbally and through their behaviour and play. 

The work is adapted to the individual child/adolescent and their developmental stage. Younger children, for example, may play with the toys provided or draw, whilst teenagers might talk about their feelings. To a trained eye, play is a powerful form of communication which may express how children feel and the difficulties they may be experiencing.   

The relationship between the child and the therapist is central to the treatment. It is through this relationship that a child or young person can be helped to understand him/herself and thereby manage feelings and behaviour more effectively. This can lead to improvement in their capacity to learn and to relate to friends and family.  

I link with other professionals where needed.