Clinical Psychologists for Children and Adolescents

Working with children, young people and their families and support systems

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

A Clinical Psychologist has completed an Undergraduate Psychology Degree and a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology, totalling at least 6 years of academic study. Our Doctoral training is with a variety of people of all ages and abilities and we are taught to, and gain experience of, using a number of different therapeutic approaches. The term 'Clinical Psychologist' is a protected title and this means that we are accredited with, and regulated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means that we adhere to the highest of standards set by both the HCPC and the BPS.

What do we do?

As qualified Child Clinical Psychologists, we are trained to assess comprehensively in terms of an individual's neuropsychological functioning, development and general well-being. We then gather all of the assessment information into an individualised formulation which helps us to understand what the challenges might be. Once we can all make sense of this, we can then decide together how we can best move forward using evidence based psychological therapies (therapies that have been well researched and shown to be effective).

What difficulties can we help with?

We have both worked with NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), as well as independent Child Services for many years, gaining further experience, expertise and training in working with children, young people, their families and support systems (e.g. schools). We both work with common mental health difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, eating difficulties and post traumatic stress disorder. We also offer assessment and therapeutic support for more specialist areas, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and developmental trauma.

What other areas of support do we offer?

As well as individualised assessment and support, we also offer family/parent assessment and support, school support, supervision, training and consultation.

How long will the treatment last?

We are able to give you an estimate during a 10 minute free no obligation telephone consultation, however, we can be more specific once the assessment is complete. We are able to offer short term sessions, as well as longer-term sessions, depending on therapeutic need and your requirements. We also find that individuals and families may require support at different time frames depending on life events, such as moving to secondary school. We therefore do not formally discharge you at the end of a block of treatment; we are here as a familiar and continued form of support as and when needed, who knows your child and circumstances well.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr Leanne Johnson & Dr Anna Risdale