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CBT and Mindfulness for children and adolescents

I use a combination of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Imagination Therapy and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). These are all clinically proven to help young people understand their challenges and move to a place that they can fulfil their potential. 

We create an engaging environment, carefully tailoring my approach to meet your child’s particular needs and interests – using relaxation techniques, role-play, mindfulness, storytelling, digital media, visualisation, games and art.

CBT for has practical everyday applications. This therapy can help your child understand the negativity of their thought patterns and learn how to replace them with more positive ones. Discovering new ways of looking at things helps a child learn how to respond differently and improve rather than worsen all ready stressful situations.

With this form of therapy your child gains strategies to improve their lives here and now, learning habits that will follow them for the rest of their lives.

CBT will help your child learn to control:

  • Tantrums

  • Impulsivity

  • Defiance

  • Self-defeating thoughts

  • Anxiety

CBT techniques used

  • Trauma focused CBT is used to treat children affected by traumatic events. As a therapist I focus on behavioural and cognitive issues directly related to the trauma that the child has experienced.

  • Restructuring is a technique used to teach a child how to take a negative thought process and flip it to a better one. For example, "I'm rubbish at football, I'm such a loser" can become,"I'm not the best football player, but I have a lot of fun playing it - and I am really good at tennis/spelling".

  • Modelling is where the Therapist may act out certain examples of desired behaviour, such as how to respond to an annoyance in class or a bully and work with rehearsing the child's new response to that situation

  • Exposure is done after a cognitive discussion. Exposing the child slowly to the issues that trigger anxiety.

  • Play Therapy where we use arts and crafts or role-playing where necessary to help the child address problems and work out solutions.

Sessions are personally targeted using tools to help your child or teen proactively view their challenge, allowing them to feel calmer, happier and more empowered. 

I constantly study and research the latest studies to provide empirically supported techniques.

 

These are some of the issues I work with:

Sleep habit/problems

Anxiety

Stress

Low self-esteem

Exam stress 

Anger/self-regulation 

Low mood

Friendship

bullying issues

Coping with change

Separation anxiety 

Low confidence

Coping skills

Transitions/change

Performance and focus

Parenting support

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Feedback from parents

"When Flavia was recommended to us when our daughter developed a dog- phobia, we were unsure if she could help. However, after the first visit we noticed a complete change in her reaction to dogs. Flavia had a fabulous rapport with her and quickly adapted her approach and worked with her on her level. Astrid of course worked her magic after a session! The approach really helped us learn to work with our daughter going further which is priceless.'

Father of LM

"Our teen suffered from anxiety about re-entering school as well as panic attacks in the classroom environment. Flavia narrowed down quickly to the core issues and gave actionable tools that helped my child to get back into school. It was hard work but as the results were quick (she just successfully did her first speech in 4 years!) we kept at it. The honest conversations they had helped our whole family support each other and now we are in a great place for A-levels.' Mum of JB 

We had a struggle to get my son to sleep after my cancer diagnosis. So much for me to process but my son took it very hard to. Flavia worked to ease his anxiety with great worksheets and recordings that we could do together. We have our night time routine down now and we are all coping a little better with the diagnosis.

Mum of JT

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