Child Therapy

by Harley Therapy
Reviewed by Dr Sheri Jacobson

Is your child having persistent trouble with mood, behaviour or school work? Would you like some extra support to understand and help your child flourish?

Just like adults, children can experience challenges in their lives. Child psychologists and therapists can assist with many 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.

Does my child need extra help?

Withdrawal, sadness, anxiousness, harmful behaviour and a sudden disinterest in hobbies may be signs 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, changes in the family or routine and difficulties at school, among other things.

What is psychological therapy for children and infants?

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 psychologists may use assessment, discussion, or observation of a child’s behaviour within the therapy process. For younger children, play is often a major element of therapy.

Harley Therapy's Guarantee

If you don't feel satisfied with your child's first session for any reason, we'll offer you a session with an alternative therapist at our expense.

Your child's therapist

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 and therapists. Child therapists will often invite family members to participate in the child’s treatment to provide support. All of our therapists are insured, registered and professionally trained.

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 therapists who have updated DBS certificates have a 'DBS badge' listed on their profile.

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What can you expect from a session with a child psychologist?

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, 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.

How to find a child therapist

At Harley Therapy, we vet our child therapists to ensure that they are registered and insured to practice as a therapist. We also display DBS certificate badges for all therapists who have submitted this (this is a UK government criminal record check required for those working with children).

An experienced therapist or counsellor like those listed on the Harley Therapy platform can help you to manage your symptoms and find your own way forward.

Filter our qualified, professional and vetted therapists by cost, location, availability and approach so you can find and book the best therapist or counsellor for you here.


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