Just like adults, children can experience challenges in their lives. If your child is having persistent difficulties with their mood or behaviour, talking with a child psychologist or child psychotherapist may help.
Child psychologists can assist with a number of issues, including anxiety, anger, family problems, low self-esteem, depression, speech and communication problems, temper tantrums, crying, trauma and grief, self-harm, sleep problems, bed-wetting, social exclusion, and food-related problems.
Withdrawal, sadness, anxiousness and a sudden disinterest in hobbies, can be a sign that your child needs professional help. Experts say these changes can be triggered by things like parents separating, the loss of a loved one, moving, bullying or difficulties at school.
Child psychologists and therapists aim to understand, treat, and ultimately prevent emotional issues experienced by children. They work with both the child and their parents to plan an effective therapy process tailored to the child’s individual issues.
Psychological therapy for children and infants can be used to explore what a child may be feeling or attempting to communicate. Child development and attachment theory can also be applied to better understand the concerns of young people. Child psychologists may use assessment, discussion, or observation of a child’s behaviour within the therapy process.
At Harley Therapy, we acknowledge that every child is unique and that their issues, behaviours, and emotions may be influenced by a number of different contributing factors. Every child presenting with psychological issues will be treated as an individual by our qualified, professional child psychologists, who will tailor treatment to the specific needs of each child. Child psychologists will often invite family members to participate in the child’s treatment to provide support.
We ensure all therapists on our platform are UK-registered, insured, and professionally trained counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and cognitive behaviour therapists. They will work with you to decide the pace of your child’s treatment and how many sessions of psychotherapy your child might need.
Therapists will not judge you or your child, nor force you into following a particular course of action.
A child psychologist will help you and your child to identify the cause of the issues they are experiencing within a safe space, where your child can feel understood.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), parenting guidance, and both play and family therapies may be used to help address concerns regarding your child’s mood or behaviour. Therapy sessions will usually take place weekly at the same time to establish a routine and help your child to get the most out of each session.
Your child will strengthen their communication skills and confidence levels throughout the therapy process, while also learning how to cope with any difficult feelings they may be experiencing.
Benefits of the process can include an improvement in your child’s relationship with friends and family members. Plus a newly found opportunity for them to renew their focus on learning and living a happy childhood.
If you are wondering how to find a child therapist, we’re here to help you book a session with qualified, professional child psychologists and psychotherapists easily and quickly, at the times and prices that suit you, wherever you are using our leading online platform.
At Harley Therapy, we vet our child therapists to ensure that they are registered and insured to practice as a therapist in the UK. We check that they are registered members of UK professional bodies. Therapists working with children in the UK should also be DBS certified, which means that they have undertaken the necessary criminal records searches with the UK government. Harley Therapy platform therapists who have updated DBS certificates have a 'DBS badge' listed on their profile.
You can filter our qualified, professional and vetted child therapists by location, cost, availability, approach so that you can find and book your best match simply and quickly. If you are looking for a child therapist in London, see available therapists here.