Sophie Latham Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist
St Albans & Islington

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What is Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy?

Sometimes children and young people have powerful emotions that they struggle to understand. Often these feelings are expressed through the behaviour which can be disruptive and cause distress to them and the people around them. This can also have negative affects on their learning and development, and relationships with peers and family members.

A Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist is a trained professional who works with Children, Young People and Families . A Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist is skilled in observing and understanding what children and young people are communicating through their behaviour, the stories they tell and play they engage in. They can help children and young people make sense of their feelings. This helps the person to put their feelings into words. This lessens the need to act out feelings and engage in disruptive and distressing behaviour. A Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist often works with the whole family and can provide support to parents in understanding and managing their child's difficulties.

Psychotherapy helps by allowing a child or young person and parents to start expressing their worrying thoughts and feelings.

What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Counselling ?

The titles psychotherapist and counsellor are often used interchangeably. They both refer to a professional who specialises in talking therapies. The aim of both psychotherapists and counsellors is to provide support with a range of concerns affecting individual's well-being. Sometimes a counsellor works in less depth and within a shorter time-frame than a psychotherapist. I, as a psychotherapist, work both within a short time-frame for less in depth work and a longer term, for a more in-depth approach. This depends on the individual needs of the child, adolescent and family.

I provide psychotherapy with children, young people and families in St Albans, Hertfordshire and Islington, Central London.

I also provide consultation and supervision to the professionals in St Albans, Hertfordshire and Islington, Central London.

For tailor made psychotherapy and counselling for children, adolescent and families in St Albans, Hertfordshire and Islington, Central London contact me via the link below.

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About Me

My personal approach is flexible and led by the individual needs of the child, young person or family.

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Children & Young People

The psychotherapist helps the child or young person to understand some of the feelings and thoughts that feel overwhelming and complicated.

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Parents & Family

When a child or young person is experiencing difficulties this also affects the whole family. Parent work explores different ways of parenting and improves family relationships.

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Supervision & Consultation

I also provide consultation and supervision to the professionals who work closely with children and families.

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I am experienced in working with children and adolescents who present with a range of emotional or behavioural difficulties including some complex neurodevelopmental disorders:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Specific learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Eating disorders
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Trauma
  • OCD

  • Low mood and depression
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Aggressive behavior and acting out
  • Temper tantrums
  • Relationship difficulties with peers and family
  • General emotional and behaviour difficulties

I hope you find the information on my website helpful, but if you have any questions about seeking psychotherapy and counselling in either St Albans or Central London please do contact me using the link below. There is no obligation to go ahead with therapy with me and I am happy for you to contact me first if you have concerns about your child, or you are an adolescent who is struggling with an issue but are not sure whether a therapist could help.

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