Psychological therapy for Children and Young People
When children and young people are going through a difficult period in their lives, or when they are concerned about something, it often manifests in behavioural difficulties or children becoming more withdrawn and quiet than normal.
These changes are generally transitory, but if they persist, children and young people may benefit from some specialist support for their difficulties.
Some common difficulties in children can be:
- Low mood and loss of interest in activities and situations they used to enjoy.
- Anxiety problems, including finding it difficult to separate from parents, to go to places, to go to school, etc. Children can experience panic attacks and it is common in children and young people to experience stress related to academic performance and important exam periods.
- Children and young people can suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (please see section on OCD).
- Self-harm and suicidal ideation.
- Children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition/Disorder are particularly vulnerable to the experience of mental health difficulties, low mood and anxiety.
- Children with learning difficulties and disabilities can also be more vulnerable to mental health difficulties due to the challenges they may encounter due to their needs or at school.
In my work, I use a variety of tools and creative activities with children and young people.