One in ten children and young people suffer from a mental health disorder, this rises to one in four if a child has suffered early abuse and neglect. These difficulties can be emotional, including low mood and anxiety to behavioural difficulties. If these problems are untreated they can lead to under-achievement, unemployment, mental health problems, and substance misuse. The child or young person may also struggle to make and keep friends or to hold down a job.
Adoption and Fostering
I have a special interest and expertise in working with:
- Consultation and advice to adoptive parents and foster carers. To assist with managing difficult and challenging behaviour and promoting healthy emotional growth and development. The advice takes into account the child’s early history, their constitution and temperament and developmental milestones.
- Consultation and advice to the network involved in supporting fostered and adopted children and adolescents who have suffered early trauma, abuse and disrupted attachments, including teachers, social workers and health professionals.
- Therapeutic work with children and adolescents with disrupted attachments and children who have experienced abuse and neglect. This may include both short term and long term therapeutic work.
For a number of children and young people providing the right education and care is essential if they are going to be able to grow and develop rather than just being ‘warehoused’. These children are often both disturbed and disturbing to care for and having someone to make sense of their difficult and challenging behaviour reduces staff turnover and sickness and improves morale.
I provide consultation and advice to networks that surround children and young people who have complex difficulties, including schools, nurseries, social workers, educational psychologists and other therapists.
I specialise in consultations to residential children’s homes and fostering and adoption agencies.
Having a ‘supervisory space’ in which you can reflect on your own work is essential for professionals who work with children and young people, particularly when children and young people are very disturbed or disturbing to be with and their needs are very complex.
I have 25 years’ experience of providing clinical supervision to other professionals working with children, including psychologists, social workers, counsellors and child psychotherapists. Many clinicians find the depth of thinking and understanding which an analytically trained psychotherapist provides essential in making sense of the children and young people they work with.
Curriculum Vitae available on request