Did you know that the NSPCC use Solution Focused Therapy as their preferred therapy with children?
I am very proud to have been recognised in my working with Children and Young people by being awarded:
Best Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Therapist in Devon 2022 by The Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards 2022
Having worked in Education for over 20 years and having three children myself, I am experienced in working with children and young people and I have found that young people really enjoy the sessions and look forward to coming to see me.
I specialise in treating children and teenagers and I am seeing more and more young people suffering with mental health such as anxiety, stress, overwhelm and low mood. COVID-19 has really exasperated mental health in young people and it is hard for parents to know what to do and how to help. Getting early help is key but equally important is your child wanting help and to make changes. Often by the time I see young people, they have suffered for quite some time and are ready to make changes.
It is really hard for parents too and if you go to my Facebook page you will see I have been doing weekly Facebook ‘Lives’ on a Monday at 7.30pm to help Parents who have children/teenagers suffering with Mental Health. I also have an information sheet with tips and ideas which is FREE. (please contact me and I can email it to you)
So, What is Solution Focused Therapy and how does it differ from traditional therapy?
With Solution Focused Therapy your child/young person will always have the opportunity to talk about the reasons that have brought them to seek help, however, not all children or young people will know how, or why they feel as they do, and as I am sure you are aware, that when asking a child or young person ‘why’ they feel that way, their answer is mostly ‘I don’t know’ ….and most often they really don’t know! This is not a problem at all as we will explore their best hopes for attending sessions to get an outcome to work towards. Just to reassure you that every client does get the opportunity to talk about an issue or problem if they would like to and find it helpful.
Solution Focused Therapy is an evidenced based and client centered approach that focuses on clients strengths and resources. Just because the problem may be big or has been present for a long time, doesn’t necessarily mean they they will be in therapy for a long time, in fact, very often, quite the reverse! With Solution Focused Therapy there will be less sessions and with a bigger time gap between session, thus saving you precious time and money!
I use a combination of Psychotherapy (education of the brain-age appropriate), Solution Focused Questions and Deep Relaxation-Trance, with each session being tailored to each individual. As I am sure you are aware, when working with children or young people, even with the best planning can go out the window and fortunately with my background in teaching I am adaptable to make the session applicable to whatever they may present at the time of the session. In fact, that is what I love about working with children, each session is authentic.
Early help for mental health is essential for children and young people and if you are at the point of just not knowing which way to turn, or where to get help, or are on a long waiting list with the very over stretched NHS, please do contact me, where we can arrange a time to have a chat to see how I could help.
Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, can suffer with eating disorders and engage in substance abuse.
I have included below a review I have just been sent by a parent and son I have been working with recently which included the Rewind Technique and x5 Solution Focused therapy sessions.
Parent review (Mum)
I cannot thank Charlotte enough for the support she has given my teenage son. The trauma he experienced when he was younger has been laid to rest using Charlotte’s ‘Rewind technique’. He’s found the social aspect of life at school hard for many years but with Charlotte’s help he has started to see things differently and gradually built his confidence and self-esteem so he’s finally starting to see himself as the awesome young man we know he is. From the very beginning she really seemed to ‘get’ him. Only wish we’d heard about Charlotte sooner! She’s wonderful.
I really appreciate Charlotte not only helping me with difficult experiences in my past, but also helping me become more confident in myself and be happier day to day even when things are difficult. She made the sessions easy because she was easy to talk to and I felt like she understood everything I was saying which no one before had really been able to do. Thank you