Early Years (0-4)
Babies and young children express their discomfort through excessive crying, being too clingy, difficulties with settling and sleeping, difficulties with eating or not responding to parents efforts to comfort them.
Difficult pregnancies, traumatic birth experiences, and other traumatic events at the time of pregnancy and birth can have an impact on both baby and parent. It can make the experience of being a parent less joyful.
Toddlers and young children can have problems with potty training, prolonged tantrums, aggressive behavior, harming themselves through head banging or hair pulling, night terrors, eating difficulties or difficulties with separation. Often parents know when something more complicated is going on for their child rather than it being “just a phase”. By addressing these difficulties in the early years emotional and mental health problems can be avoided later in life.
Our therapists are all trained to work with babies and toddlers and their parents. They spend time thinking with parents about the work that would be helpful to resolve your child’s difficulties. (Go to ‘our therapists’ page to find a therapist in your area).
The Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
The ACP is a professional body for psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapists in the UK.
The ACP is responsible for training and practice standards for its members and provides information to the public about child psychotherapy.