Child Therapy - Primary Age
If we judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life believing it is stupid
- Albert Einstein
Update: As a result of the pandemic, our services have been under exceptional demand and we have made the decision to introduce groups for therapy to primary aged school children and temporarily put a hold on any new individual therapy for this age group. We have found the majority of this age group are requiring the same support and education so believe this can be offered in a group setting which has the benefits of enabling more children to access support, lower costs for parents as well as give children the opportunity to see they are not the only ones feeling this way.
We are passionate about children's mental health and the desperate need for it to be incorporated into the National Curriculum. In an increasingly high pressured and fast paced world, with less opportunities for play and more demand for work and achievement, there has never been a more important time to ensure children are taught how to look after their mental health, manage emotions and other people in the same way they are taught to read and write.
By teaching children about how their brain works, how this links to their every day perceptions and experiences and any difficulties they are having, we can empower them to build resilience and manage difficulties as they grow, building strong and confident adults.
As a result of the life they now live, anxiety and worries in children have become increasingly common but needn't be the uphill battle it often feels to be. We passionately believe the education system is placing children under relentless pressure and judgement whilst focusing too much on areas of weakness and not enough on individuality, creativity and strengths. Teachers work tirelessly to encourage and support our children but are limited by the expectations placed on them and we work wherever we can in schools to help manage the growing anxiety and inadequacy felt by too many children.
Anxiety shows itself in various ways including anger and frustration, so its easy for it to go undetected. At our clinic we work with children in fun ways which engage them, capture their imagination and give them a safe space to explore their feelings. Whether it be phobia's, coming to terms with a loss or family change or general anxiety or behavioural struggles, we use various techniques to help children learn about the difficulties they are having and most importantly how to overcome then.
Most importantly we encompass the idea that we are all unique and incredible in our own ways, and so help the child identify their own strengths and special qualities and use these to overcome problems and grow.