Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Some of the issues that I help children/adolescents and their families to work through include:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression and Low Mood

  • Anger and Angry Outbursts

  • Low Self-Esteem and Confidence

  • Parental Separation/Divorce

  • Attachment and Separation Issues

  • Bereavement

  • Loss

  • Difficulties with friendships and other relationships

  • School Refusal

  • Bullying

  • Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse

  • Trauma

  • Sexual Identity

  • and many more

Call Aine today in confidence on 0877763103 for more information

What Parents and Young People Can Expect when a Young Person is Attending Therapy


It can be a very challenging, upsetting and worrying time for a parent or carer when their child is experiencing emotional distress and may be exhibiting worrying or challenging behaviour due to this emotional distress. It can also be a hard decision for a parent to decide whether this is the right type of support for their child and to in turn make contact with a child psychotherapist.


The Initial Consultation

When beginning therapy with a child I have the first initial consultation with just the parent or caregiver in which the parent can tell me their concerns and worries and we decide together if therapy is the right approach for the child at this moment. Following on from this session if it is agreed that therapy is the right approach for the child then I would see the child for four weekly sessions and then after the four child therapy sessions I would have another session with the parents/carers in which we discuss how the therapy is progressing for the child. Then based on how this session goes a plan would be made on how best to move forward in therapy in order to meet the childs needs. 

My Approach

When working with children I use an integrative approach that combines person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, play therapy and art psychotherapy. The therapeutic approach that is used within each session is based on the needs of the child at that time.

From the beginning of this therapeutic process with children and their parents/carers it is my aim to provide a warm, non-judgemental, supportive and fully accepting space so that each child is able to move through the process of therapeutic change with their parents/carers. 

The Process

Each session will last approximately 60 minutes and will usually be at the same time each week. The length of time in therapy varies from child to child and is set on an open-ended basis. We will review the therapy process every 5th session so as to make sure that your child is benefiting from therapy and you and they both feel as though they are progressing in the right direction.

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