'A light to help you on your journey of health' Directors: Drs Martin & Sue Allbright
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What is Therapeutic Parent Work?

Therapeutic parent work is a psycho-dynamic approach working with parents to gain a deeper understanding about the difficulties that their child or young person is struggling with, and how to support them. This kind of support is often offered to parents of children who are having individual psychotherapy.

What is the training that informs this approach?

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Therapeutic Parent Work continued.

We appreciate that being a parent can be both rewarding and challenging, and life can at times be complex. Children can feel and respond to situations in different ways, and sometimes in ways that are worrying for the parents. Therapeutic parent work is an opportunity to look beyond the behaviours of concern to think about what the child or young person may be communicating in relation to their behaviours, and in relation to the parents, to reach an understanding together about what may be helpful responses for the parent to develop. This can often bring long term positive changes about the presenting issues and relationships within the family.

How to arrange Therapeutic Parent Work Code of Ethics and Registration to practise Practitioner Team and their qualifications Fees

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What is the training that informs this approach?

It is a way of working that is therapeutically rooted in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and is informed by the Pre-clinical Post Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies training. This is a two year training in infant observation, which involves close weekly observations of babies and young children in order to get a first hand understanding of child development and attachment theory.

It is also informed by the Tavistock Model of Psychoanalytic Work with Parents, Infants and Young Children short course, which offers a practise based and theoretical approach to understanding infant and young children's emotional, social and cognitive development within a psycho-dynamic framework.

How to arrange Therapeutic Parent Work?

Please contact  the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Eva Shehu-Whitefield who will advise if this may be helpful to persue, and Eva will refer you to Debbie Hoad the Parent Worker if appropriate.

Code of Ethics and Registration to practise

Being registered with the HCPC requires compliance with the code of ethics, responsibility to maintain Continual Professional Development and regular Clinical Supervision

Practitioner Team and their Qualifications

Eva Shehu-Whitefield - Child Psychotherapist BSc (Hons)

Debbie Hoad - Therapeutic Parent Worker - BA Hons, Dip POS. CQSW


Assessment and Therapy Sessions £50 - Debbie Hoad

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