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Offering support from pregnancy to young adulthood
Pregnancy, babyhood and toddlerhood
Having a baby brings many changes for expectant and new parents. While generally most people experience this time with great joy it can be associated with anxieties, concerns and even low mood. Such feelings in a parent can be unwittingly transmitted to the baby, who looks to their parent for comfort, care and a sense of security. It is in a calm responsive relationship that the baby develops emotional wellbeing and resilience. When this goes wrong, because either the baby or parent is struggling, difficulties can begin. Parents may experience their baby as being "difficult" (e.g. hard to soothe, constantly crying, not eating) or unresponsive. Babies may experience their parent as being emotionally unpredictable or unavailable. If this continues into toddlerhood there may be problems with behaviour and the child-parent relationship.
We offer help for mums and dads who are experiencing problems (such as excessive crying, difficulty soothing and difficult behaviour) with babies and toddlers. Our approaches include :
- Relationship therapy for parents with their baby.
- Group work for parents where they can explore the links between attachment relationships and parenting.
Childhood to teenage years
The childhood and teenage years are times of great change for children who begin the process of growing independence. They need to cope with many challenges including a move from their home to school, changing relationships with friends gradually become more important than family members and the need to make choices about who they are and aspire to be. It is in this sensitive time for development that emotional, behavioural and psychiatric disorders may present.
We offer assessments and treatment for
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD / ADD).
- Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), including Asperger's Syndrome.
- Difficulties with behaviour.
- Problems with eating.
- Problematic drinking or use of drugs.
From 18 to the age of 25 most young people finalise the process of becoming independent. Some of them continue to struggle with difficulties that first arose in childhood. For others new difficulties may emerge.Yet it can be difficult for them to access services where they can explore their problems and find meaningful solutions.
Our clinics provide
- a space to think.
- an opportunity to explore emotional difficulties.
- more focussed assessments of particular conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety and stress.