Children, Young People and Family Therapy

Seeking help for children and families at times of difficulty is often a brave and positive thing to do. Therapy can be beneficial in helping the child and family to cope better with the difficulties. Therapy is never a magic fix but a collaborative space between the child, parents and therapist requiring commitment and a willingness to be open to challenge and change.


What we Offer

Our current children and young people therapists are trained in Art Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Dramatherapy, Family Therapy and Group Therapy.


Children and Young People’s Work

Therapy provides a private and safe space for children and young people to share their difficulties and explore their internal and external worlds. Talking to a trusted person can help them to feel unburdened. As well as talking; play, drama and art can offer creative tools as a language for a child / young person to express themselves.


Parent Work

If a child / young person is having individual therapy, it is often helpful for the parent(s) to have some input alongside their child’s / young person’s therapy. Parent work can be arranged in conjunction with children’s / young people’s sessions if this is something that feels helpful. Usually a different therapist would work with the parents to the child / young person’s therapist.


Family Work

Sometimes we recommend that the family have sessions together rather than individual therapy. It can often be helpful to be able to talk through difficulties together and understand problems from the different perspectives of each family member. Working on communication and empathy between each other can aid a deeper understanding within families and help to work out ways forward with difficulties.


Mother/Carer and Infant Work

Pregnancy, becoming a new parent, traumatic birth experiences and post natal depression can be helped with therapeutic support. We offer parent and infant work to support the attachment and relationship between the mother / carer and baby, and to support the parent in their self confidence and identity as a parent.


Why Children and Young People come to Therapy

Often children, young people and families undergo difficulties and change. The following is not an exhaustive list but hopefully gives an idea about difficulties which therapy can help with.


Children, Young people and Families might experience problems including:

Anxiety, Attachment difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, ADHD, Behaviour / Anger problems, Bullying and Discrimination, Communication difficulties, Eating difficulties, Emotional difficulties manifesting as: difficulty in regulating emotions, sleep problems, soiling etc., Learning disabilities, Obsessive and controlling behaviours, Post traumatic stress disorder, Selective mutism, Self harm, Sexual and Gender Identity issues, Sibling rivalry, Social difficulties, Stress, Suicidal thoughts.


Children, Young people and Families can be affected by:

Bereavements and loss, Fostering and Adoption, Histories of mental health difficulties, substance misuse and/or domestic abuse, Older siblings struggling with new additions to the family, Parental separations, Reconstituted families, Trauma.
We would discuss these difficulties with you and talk about how therapy can help.


Beginning therapy and ongoing working

When you first contact us we will offer you an initial consultation to find out about your worries and concerns. The initial consultation is often with the parents and then an assessment is set up with the child. With older children, we will often meet with them first.
Depending on the age of the child / young person and the nature of the difficulties, we will offer an assessment which can be between 1 and 6 sessions. From the initial consultation we will decide who is best to come to these sessions. These initial assessment sessions can be helpful in themselves in offering an opportunity for reflection. They may involve individual sessions with the child / young person, parent or family sessions.
From this assessment, we will decide together about continued therapy or recommend alternative treatment within Brighton Therapy Centre or externally. Length of therapy can vary from shorter term work (12 – 24 sessions) to longer term and on-going work (1 year +). We regularly review the therapy to decide about the length of treatment.


Assessments and Reports

If a child / young person is referred from a GP, CAMHS or Children’s’ Services, we offer a full assessment which includes professional liaison and an Assessment Report. This is also something which can be requested by families and self-referrals.


Cost and Availability

Our therapists are all senior qualified practitioners with Enhanced DBS checks, Public liability insurance and Professional registrations (ACP, HCPC, UKCP). Rates are from £50 — £70 per session.
If you have been recommended to have therapy from your GP, CAMHS or Social Services, we suggest that you negotiate with them about possible funding. We have separate professional rates.
We have session times during the day and after school. Schools are often amenable to children having time off to come to therapy, understanding that it supports their engagement and learning in school.