Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Watching a child, family member or friend struggling with weight issues, eating disorders or other mental health issues can be very stressful and distressing, especially if they refuse to admit there is a problem or refuse help and treatment for the problem. Life Therapies Clinic Child and Adolescent practitioners have specialist experience and training in counselling young people which enables effective engagement with this age group.

YOU are likely to be worried, frustrated, sometimes angry and often in a great deal of conflict. Love alone will not help. 

How Can We Help?

Depressed girl with eating disorder

Research shows that levels of mental health problems in young people are increasing (WHO, 2006). The Princess Trust (2012) has reported that 30% of young people reported ‘always’ or ‘often’ feeling ‘down’ or ‘depressed’.

Adolescence is a key formative stage of development, and the impact of distressing or difficult situations can be experienced even more acutely by young people than adults. Consequently, they can find it difficult to reach their potential, such as finding it difficult to cope in school.

Young people today are faced with many pressures and problems as they continue to develop their coping skills for the adult world, including intense pressures relating to weight and body image.

Counselling offers an effective early intervention strategy for young people who can experience a wide range of complex problems, such as family difficulties and relationships, self-esteem, the ability to cope after bereavement/loss, bullying, eating issues, and other emotional, behavioural and social difficulties including management of anger, anxiety and depression.

Life Therapies Adolescent practitioners have specialist experience and training in counselling young people which enables effective engagement with this age group.

Counselling offers a safe, secure place, separate from everyday life, where the client can talk about any difficulties in their life. This includes listening in a non-judgemental way, being empathic and helping the young person to feel valued and understood.

A range of techniques can be used, as well as talking, to encourage the client to express themselves creatively and safely, so that they can work on the issues that they are struggling with. The therapist supports the young person to explore what is going on, to recognise strengths and help cope better with difficult emotions.

Counselling is not about making decisions for the client, but empowering each individual to develop a more positive outlook on life and to build their own coping strategies, within a supportive, trusting, warm and accepting environment.

Counsellors within the Life Therapies Clinic also have specialist training in working with eating disorders which enables them to effectively work around issues of weight, food and body image. The primary purpose of therapy is to facilitate positive change and recovery from emotional, habitual and chaotic eating patterns, and most importantly to restore a healthy attitude to, and relationship with food.

Research shows clearly that recovery is faster and better when there is earlier intervention, particularly with eating disorders, and with waiting lists ever increasing at public services we can offer an alternative and highly professional service: http://life-therapies.com/clinics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/

Our family and carer’s support sessions ensure that we can help you do the right thing at the right time with someone who is struggling with an eating disorder & issues around food. We can even help you to find a way through what may feel like a medical maze:http://life-therapies.com/clinics/eating-disorder-clinic/carers-help/

We also support eating disorder services at Life Therapies Clinic with a qualified and registered dietician for clients requiring more urgent intervention: http://life-therapies.com/the-team/gillian-killiner/

We have a panel of specially trained Therapists who are fully trained to help you with food issues and eating disorders. If you have concerns about the eating habits of your children or teenagers, we can also help you to learn how to manage the challenges that are part and parcel of an eating disorder.

Life Therapies practitioners draw on CBT, CBT-E, mindfulness and positive psychology approaches. Individual therapists can add other skills which are valuable and helpful in eating disorder therapy. These skills include Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation, (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Hypnosis, Coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Sand and Play Therapy, Music Therapy and Drama Therapy.

Treatment normally starts with an initial one off session where we will undertake a full personal assessment. This will identify any issues your loved one may be experiencing and together we will work out a programme so they can learn why they have a problem, understand it and we will discuss what can be done about it so they can move forward in life with a healthier and happier relationship with food, body image and self esteem.

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