Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists have undertaken a six year training which includes four years work in the NHS. This specialist training develops skills and knowledge in understanding and treating children's emotional distress and behavioural difficulties, even when children, parents and professionals may be puzzled and confused.
I'm Tess Bailey-Sayer, Director of Sea Change Psychotherapy. I'm a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with over twenty five years' experience of working with children, young people and families. I worked as a teacher, in a residential therapeutic community and ran the Peper Harow Young Person's Support Project in Shropshire before undertaking my clinical training as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
Since qualifying in 2007, I have worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across the West Midlands, before developing my independent practice in Shropshire. I have experience across the age range, from work on the neonatal intensive care unit and in parent infant psychotherapy, to therapy with young adults. I am able to work with children alongside parents or individually, offering specialist assessment and effective treatment for most psychological and emotional difficulties of childhood and adolescence. My clinical skills include group work, family work and individual therapy.
I have a particular interest in work with children who are Looked After or Adopted, and in providing specialist support to their parents and carers.
Continuing professional development forms the foundation of my practice, alongside regular supervision.
Before undertaking my clinical training I spent 5 years working in a Therapeutic Community in Kent with children and young people who had been sexually abused. I went on to train at the Anna Freud Centre in London and held a number of part-time roles alongside this in teaching on a UCL course, research at Great Ormond Street, parent-Infant work at the Anna Freud Centre and co-facilitating a therapeutic group for children.
I qualified in 2006 and worked in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in South London, a Local Authority Infant School and an Independent Fostering Agency. I relocated to the Midlands late in 2007 and spent 8 years working in an NHS service for older adolescents with acute mental health needs. I have continued to work with children and young people of all ages in foster care, and with a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, throughout this time. I have also worked extensively with parents and carers and the professional systems around individual children and young people. In addition to clinical work I enjoy the challenges of teaching and supervising other professionals.
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