Life can be unsettled and complicated at times, and children may react to this in a way which causes problems. Psychotherapy offers a chance for children and young people to understand more about themselves and their relationships, helping them to find more healthy and thoughtful ways of relating.
From low mood to self-harm and suicidality, our clinicians are experienced in helping children and young people explore the origins of their feelings, helping them feel less alone. Parents can share their worries and gain greater understanding of the situation too.
Psychotherapy can help children and young people work through and resolve this problem at its roots. This process helps build self-awareness and self-confidence, both of which will help protect against anxiety in the future.
Experiences of illness, separation, loss or other trauma can have a profound impact on the developing child. This is often seen in troublesome behaviour and low sense of self-worth. Psychotherapy supports children and young people to recover from trauma in a way which helps them gain greater control and offers new ways of understanding and expressing themselves.
Moving between families can be stressful, and old difficulties from early in life can trouble children as they grow. We offer specialist assessment and treatment to adoptive families, helping to strengthen relationships and promote healthy development.
This is a problem which may manifest in different ways across the life cycle. We understand that issues around eating are an expression of problems which lie hidden in the unconscious. Work in psychotherapy offers the opportunity to discover more about the underlying difficulties and to resolve the disorder at its root.
The psychoanalytic approach views behaviour as a communication of feelings or thoughts which cannot be expressed in words. Experience shows that when a child or young person feels understood, the need to act out is less pressing, and room opens up for thinking and talking.
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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