Children & Families

Child & Adolescent Depression & Anxiety

10% of children have a mental health condition. We’re here to work with children & teenagers to help them through anxiety & depression

About Child and Adolescent Depression and Anxiety

Sadness & anxiety is a normal part of growing up, but when this persists help could be required

Reviewed by our children and family lead, Tanya Dalton.
70% of children & adolescents Do not receive appropriate intervention.
Almost all children will experience feelings of sadness and anxiety from time to time which is a completely normal part of growing up. When these issues persist, it might be time to consider getting some help. Early intervention can reduce interference with healthy development and help to reduce the chance of long-term issues that may be carried with them into teenage years and adulthood.

Child & Teenage Depression; The Signs & Symptoms

Depression can affect all aspects of a child or teenagers life

Childhood depression can take many forms but typically can manifest as persistent sadness, low mood and feelings loneliness, worthlessness, and hopelessness. Depression can affect all aspects of a child life including life at home, education, relationships, and development.

Depression in children and adolescents can be assessed, diagnosed, and treated with therapy and in some cases medication.

Causes of depression in young people can be due to a combination of factors: physical health, life events, family history, environment, and genetics.

Symptoms of depression in children & teenagers

These are the common symptoms we find with children & teenagers experiencing depression
Child depression & anxiety

Child & Teenage Anxiety Disorder; The Signs & Symptoms

Anxiety in children & teenagers can lead to panic attacks, isolation, phobias & OCD

Children and adolescents with anxiety will often worry excessively and may be very hard on themselves. Some children with anxiety may experience panic attacks or withdraw or isolate themselves. It can also develop as a specific phobia or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Any type of anxiety can severely affect their thoughts and behaviours and interfere with emotional, social, and physical development. It can be very difficult for someone experiencing anxiety to see that their worry and intense feeling of unease is irrational and that’s why getting additional support can be necessary.

Symptoms of Anxiety in children & teenagers

These are the common symptoms we find with children & teenagers experiencing anxiety

Giving children, teenagers, and families the best possible start

Therapy & Support For Anxiety and Depression at Home Counties Therapy

Depression and Anxiety can be assessed and diagnosed by your GP, CAMHS or one of our therapists. We will discuss with you and your child/adolescent any challenges and problems that you have been experiencing. We will review in partnership with families what treatment would be best, it may be a small number of sessions to help your child to develop healthy coping strategies or longer term therapy which will provide ongoing support and check-ups. We are able to liaise with family members, GP’s, schools and are able to provide reports where necessary.

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Child & Adolescent Depression & Anxiety

10% of children have a mental health condition. We’re here to help and support children & teenagers, working with them to get through times of anxiety & depression.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Children And Family Therapy Services

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After you have contacted us, we will book in an initial one-off consultation session for your child. The initial consultation session will be just your child, however many children like a parent to come in with them initially until they feel comfortable and that can help them to communicate more easily. Following this initial appointment, we will advise who is the best fit for your child and arrange for sessions to take place with that therapist.
It is important to ensure the right fit between therapist and child; the relationship between them both is fundamental to the process. Sometimes the therapist who has met with your child is that person and other times the team will discuss who is best for your child.

The number of sessions is dependent on your child and their unique needs. We can initially agree a set number, (usually 12 weeks) then review this over time.

We have no minimum number of sessions required and can work within whatever time frame you can financially manage. It is however important for parents/carers to be aware that it can take several months for counselling to make a long-term difference and in a lot of cases a longer commitment may be necessary.

We work with children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19. The work varies depending on the age and understanding of each child. With very young children, the work is all centred around play, however our therapists adapt this as children get older and tailor the treatment to suit them.
Each session is 1 hour and occurs once a week. For a child aged 3 – 5 years, a slightly shorter session of 40/45 minutes may be advisable. Dependent on needs, some parents may wish for their child to attend more than weekly, but this can all be discussed in advance.
Although it is beneficial for the counselling process for your child to attend regular weekly sessions, we understand that at times there are unavoidable situations meaning a session may be missed. We require 48-hours’ notice if you wish to cancel your child’s session, otherwise the full session fee will have to be charged.

We currently provide sessions from 9am to 9pm and endeavour to give your child an appointment within 48 hours.

We strive to offer a session after school hours, however if all of our therapists are fully booked, we may only be able to accommodate a session during the school day. Although we can completely understand not wanting to take a child out of school, and we are not advocates of a child missing school, it is important to consider that poor mental health in the long run, can negatively affect overall academic attainment. For a short period of time, missing a lesson once a week, for some children, can be more beneficial than detrimental. If need be and with your consent, we can liaise with schools and teachers regarding your child leaving school slightly early once a week.

We are bound by ethical frameworks to maintain your child’s confidentiality. If there is anything that gives us concern, we will discuss with your child how and what we can tell you. (This is age dependent). However, if there is anything that reaches a safeguarding level, we will of course reach out to you and tell you, then discuss the best way forward. Often parents book in a few sessions with another member of our team to access guidance on areas that will be beneficial to them.

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