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?
I have 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). I work with common mental health difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, eating difficulties and post traumatic stress disorder. I also offer assessment and therapeutic support for more specialist areas, such as developmental trauma.
What other areas of support do we offer?
As well as individualised assessment and support, I also offer family/parent assessment and support, school support, supervision, training and consultation.
How long will the treatment last?
I am able to give you an estimate during a 10 minute free no obligation telephone consultation, however, I can be more specific once the assessment is complete. I am able to offer short term sessions, as well as longer-term sessions, depending on therapeutic need and your requirements. I also find that individuals and families may require support at different time frames depending on life events, such as moving to secondary school. I therefore do not formally discharge you at the end of a block of treatment; I am here as a familiar and continued form of support as and when needed, who knows your child and circumstances well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Dr Leanne Johnson
March 2018 'We felt Leanne went above and beyond what we would have expected. We felt she truly cared about our son and what happens to him.' (Parent of teenager)
March 2018 'Leanne was superb. Her understanding of not only the problem but its impact on all of us was fantastic. She has helped the whole family and we really appreciate everything she does.' (Parent of teenager)
February 2018 'Leanne's calm and caring nature and her background in education made her a perfect match for my son. He connected easily with her and found her easy to talk to and share his issues with. Leanne would talk me through each session and support me with ideas and extra help to support my son in between sessions.' (Parent of 8 year old)
March 2018 'Excellent. Leanne has transformed .......... life for the better. She is becoming a confident and capable young lady thanks to her treatment with Leanne.' (Parent of teenager)
March 2018 'It really helped me. I have noticed so many improvements and have made massive progress.' (Young person aged 14 years)