Children & Families

Emotional & Behavioural Concerns

Parenting is not easy even without any extra difficulties. There are times when you as a parent need that extra support to manage your child’s behaviour or work with them to understand their feelings that they may be finding it difficult to express or they are expressing in a way that may not be constructive.

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Child & Adolescent Emotional Concerns

Reviewed by our children and family lead, Tanya Dalton.
If you’re concerned about you child or teenager’s wellbeing, we’re here to help.
Children of all ages experience the same range of emotions as adults: happiness, sadness, anger, grief, fear, depression, loneliness and anxiety, but they don’t always have the capacity or understanding of how to ‘be’ with these emotions. They can become overwhelmed and act in ways that even they don’t recognise or even like. It can be beneficial to have somebody your child can work through their emotions and be able to understand how they can learn to respond to each emotion felt in a way that doesn’t cause unnecessary stress or worry to the child.

Guidance & support for healthy development for children and adolescents


For families with a teenager, life can sometimes be difficult to contend with.
Hormones, social anxieties and everyday learning can create pressure without the addition of the changing teenage brain. This can lead your adolescent to; acting on impulse, misreading social cues and emotions, engaging in risky or dangerous behaviour. It can become apparent to you as their parent that your teen is struggling with this new way of being. Please be assured this is more common than many parents realise.

Signs that your child or adolescent may need support

The following are signs of emotional and behavioural troubles in children and adolescents

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms we can advise you on the best route forward

Other ways we can help

Screenings For Mental Health Conditions

Making sure your child receives the right treatment

It may be that you child just needs a little extra support and help with managing their emotions and behaviours. However in some instances it can be beneficial to screen for mental health or developmental conditions too depending on the problems that present.

If additional testing or screening is recommended based on the initial assessment we will guide you through this process to help you make informed decisions about any screening options and subsequent treatments.

Typical conditions we might test for under these circumstances are: Anxiety Disorders, Major Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Explore More Of The Specific Areas We Provide Support For Children And Teens

Autism & PDA

Learn more about ASD and PDA in children. We’re here to offer support for you and your child with a compassionate and understanding approach.

Emotional And Behavioural Concerns

Parenting is not easy even without any extra difficulties. There are times when you as a parent need that extra support to manage your child’s behaviours.

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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