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Overview of Integrative Child Psychotherapy

Integrative Child Psychotherapists provide therapy for children and young people who have emotional and/or behavioural problems, helping them to thrive. 

Integrative psychotherapy is a progressive form of psychotherapy that combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the individual child and family. With an understanding of normal human development, an integrative therapist modifies standard treatments to fill in development gaps that affect each client in different ways.


By combining elements in a coherent manner from different schools of psychological theory and latest neurobiological research, integrative therapy can become a more flexible and inclusive approach to treatment than more traditional, singular forms of psychotherapy.

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Working psychotherapeutically with children, young people and their families is not the same as therapy with adults. This work needs specialist skills and knowledge.

More information can be found here:

Along with my details on the specialist register:


Engaging with a child therapeutically, be it verbally or through the medium of play and the arts, brings an empathic understanding of the child’s view of their situation and provides a professional and safe environment in which the child is helped to explore the thoughts and feelings that may lie behind their difficulties. 


This helps them make sense of events and how they may be impacting on their lives.  This knowledge can then be used to help them to process their reactions and empower them to make better behavioural choices.  It is this process that enables children to put their experience into words rather than acting on them. 


The knowledge can also be used to empower the wider family to understand the child’s world-view and develop new ways of relating to them.

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Here are some of the difficulties children and young people have been referred to me for:

  • ADHD

  • Adoption 

          (only when directly funded by Social Care)

  • Aggressive behaviour

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment difficulties

  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions

  • Bereavement or loss

  • Bullying

  • Depression

  • Difficulties in school

  • Eating disorders

  • Emotional worries

  • Living in foster care

  • Low self esteem

  • PTSD

  • Self harm

  • Separation and divorce

  • Sexual abuse

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Stress

  • Trauma

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