Clinical Psychology


What is Clinical Psychology?

Child Clinical Psychologists deal with a range of mental health, developmental and relational problems presenting in childhood or adolescence. We aim to promote emotional well-being and personal development and to prevent and reduce psychological distress and dysfunction.

Parents, educators and other professionals often seek the help of a psychologist when they are concerned about a child’s mood, behaviour or development, such as their learning, social relationships and independence. The psychologist will work to identify the problem, understand the cause and contributing factors, and offer help and advice, or devise a therapeutic intervention.

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Psychologists follow clinical guidelines (e.g. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) and offer evidence-based interventions.  However, the nature and course of therapy is planned collaboratively with children and parents.

Children’s Therapies has a an experienced Educational Psychologist who we refer clients to for certain assessments and diagnostic tests related to educational development – please see our Educational Psychology page for more details.

Who Can Benefit From Clinical Psychology?

Children experiencing:

  • Behavioural and emotional difficulties, presenting at home or in other settings, e.g. anxiety, depression, aggression

  • Learning difficulties and abilities such as dyslexia or ‘giftedness’

  • Neurological and mental health problems such as ADHD and autism

  • Common paediatric and developmental problems relating to sleep, toiletting, fussy eating, and behaviour

    Please note - Our team is unable to help with eating disorders. Please refer to a medical team in the first instance.

Psychological Interventions and Approaches:

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A range of psychological interventions and approaches may be applied including:

  • Behaviour Therapy (Applied Behaviour Analysis, ABA), including individualised behaviour change programmes or an individualised developmental curriculum

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), typically 6 to 24 sessions

  • Family and brief therapies (e.g. narrative, solution-focused)

  • Parenting advice and training (e.g. parent-child interaction therapy)