Child Psychologist London
Many children have problems that affect how they feel, behave, or learn. When children have emotional or behavioral problems, the earlier they get treatment, the easier it is to help them. Therapy is a type of treatment that can effectively help your child.
Our Child Psychologists in London are extensively trained and experienced in working with children of all ages. They speak with children using words and language children understand. Our Child Psychologists are trained to carefully observe a child and respond to what they might be communicating through their behaviour and play.
Child Psychologists treat a range of emotional and behavioural problems, including Anxiety, Low Mood, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Attachment Disorders and Trauma.
What is Child Psychology?
Child psychology mainly refers to the branch of psychology that is dedicated to studying various changes and development throughout childhood. Child psychology usually covers the period of infancy, childhood, and adolescence, but the primary focus of this branch is on the early years of infancy. Mainly child psychology is about understanding the child in distress and making the parents deal with the situation effectively.
Until today, it is one of the most studied fields of psychology due to its area of interest. It not only deals with the physical development of the body, but child psychology is also concerned about their mental, emotional, and social development throughout their childhood. For those who consider themselves as good listeners, have a keen interest in childhood behaviours and are enthusiastic to help others are a great fit for this rewarding career in psychology.
What does a Child Psychologist do?
Child psychology is far different than adult psychology. It only deals with the development and behaviour of children and adolescents. A child psychologist is a qualified person who plays a significant role in helping kids with developmental and behavioural issues. At the same time, a child psychologist also works with parents to help them improve their relationship and understanding with the children.
Some common duties concerning the role of child psychologist are:
- Research on adolescent and child behaviour.
- Give parents advice about the development and behaviour of the child.
- Performing tests and diagnosing the issue
- Dealing with the child having behavioural issues
- Direct working with specialists and doctors
- Recognising and resolving any language barriers.
- Focusing on moral development while solving the issues
- Mainly boosting the self-esteem and confidence in the child.
What can a Child Psychologist help with?
Child psychologist offers many services for the right development of a child. Most significantly, these professionals are well known for the help they provide to the child to resolve any issues they are facing to have a healthy and worthy life. It is important to notice if you are a parent that most issues that children face are seldom shared with parents. Children hesitate while sharing any issues they are facing with the parents. However, this is where the child psychologist plays the role. Not sharing with parents doesn’t mean that children don’t love their parents. It is solely because of their guilt that they might disappoint their parents.
The main aim of a child psychologist is to help children develop insight and know what problems are they facing exactly.
Sometimes they are not even aware of what they are suffering from. But, sharing their feelings and emotions can play a great part in extracting out the real cause of distress.
When a child’s psychological and developmental issues are left untreated, it negatively affects their future endeavours. It affects their academics, relationships, and confidence. They ought to achieve every developmental milestone is a great way so that they can prosper in their life. This is where the child psychologist makes sure they get what they deserve.
When to Seek the Help of a Child Psychologist in London
When a child is not feeling well mentally, emotionally, or socially, he can hardly perform other functions of life normally. Especially, for a child, when they think they are doomed and there is no solution out there, they often intense the situation and make it worse. This is where the child psychologist plays a crucial role.
A mental health professional identifies the underlying issue that is affecting the child’s health and implements the treatment which is required for them to feel good.
The truth is that a child himself doesn’t know the complexities of the situation they are facing emotionally and mentally, and a child psychologist is the best person who can help you and your child understand the current issue.
Remember, the main purpose of a child psychologist is to use their training and expertise in favour of your concerns and help your child to function properly. A child psychologist will help you and your child with the necessary tools to have a better understanding of the child’s distress and move towards a better solution.
You must seek a child psychologist whenever you think that your child is showing unusual behaviour and seems to be struggling. A child psychologist will understand him and teach him the necessary techniques for a better life ahead.
Some of the symptoms that can be noticed in a child in need of a child psychologist are:
- Suicidal attempts or ideations.
- Social withdrawal
- Difficulty adjusting to a social setting
- Unprovoked aggression
- Spending most of the time alone
- Self-harming activities
- Sudden physical issues
- Recurrent nightmares
Issues that can be treated by a Child Psychologist
Child psychologists deal with a variety of issues. It is a great help for the children who have faced traumas, upsetting events, the death of a loved one, home issues, abuse, etc. Any issue that is leading to the mental and social distress for a child can be taken to a child psychologist.
Following are the most common issues that can be dealt with by a child psychologist:
- Parents’ divorce
- Substance abuse or addiction in the family
- Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
- Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
- Witnessing any traumatic event
- Death of a loved one
- Relocation issues
What is the difference between a Child Psychologist and a Child Psychotherapist?
Where psychotherapist itself is an umbrella term as it includes all the psychotherapists who give therapies to their clients. The psychologist works on one agenda keeping one thing at a time in focus. They are research-focused, and they find out the solutions based on those research they do.
A child psychologist has to complete an undergraduate degree and then a for-years doctorate programme. They will also work on their research thesis and in a clinical placement. Child psychotherapist, on the other hand, does not require to complete an undergraduate degree based on psychology. Their training began at the beginning of their graduation. It needs some applied practise and Doctoral level education in child psychotherapy.
Child Psychologist in London
All our Therapists offer child psychological therapies. Click here to meet the Team.
Fees for Child Psychologist in London
Sessions with our Child Psychologists are by prepaid appointments only. You can find out more about our fees on our Fees Page.
Types of Psychological Therapies for Children
We offer a range of Private Child Therapy services in London. Below is a breakdown of the Psychological Therapies for Children available at our London Therapy Clinics.
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