Therapy for Children

Sue has been working with children to show them how to reduce anxiety, phobias and behavioural issues, for the past 17 years.  She has a range of possible therapy options, depending on the problem, the child’s age and their personality.

More so than in any age group the 7-18 year olds need a personalised plan that works quickly.

Changes to Behaviour and Emotional Responses

At Lutterworth Health Sue offers specialist therapy for children.

With problems such as, but not limited to, the following;






Panic Attacks

School Avoidance

Emotional Issues

Behaviour Issues

Has your child has been talking about emotional issues or displaying behaviour that is unusual for them?

Please know that this is not unusual amongst 7 to 18 year olds.  For some it’s a very short term “blip”, for others it highlights a call for help and, if not answered, can lead to ongoing problems.

Fears Phobias Anxiety Anger Depression Emotional and Behaviour Issues treated at Lutterworth Health

The school years are often challenging.  School testing is constant and increases with age.  The pressure to do well, for parents and against their peers grows too, even when they are not told they’re “expected” to do well, many children just assume that’s the case.  Add in puberty and constant movement within friendship groups and navigating possible changes and problems at home.  That becomes a lot to handle and kids become scared.

Some will turn inwards and become withdrawn and quiet, others will turn outwards, becoming more aggressive than usual or behaving in unexpected ways

For some, this fear is displayed as “challenging” behaviour.  Perhaps a change to their usual responses and this might show up in their relationships with parents, siblings and friends.  Or, a previously calm child changes within weeks to an frightened, angry or even abusive person, unlike the one you used to know.

When happy kids become afraid or reluctant to lead what was up until that point, their normal life and patterns.  Or when they stop sleeping well, become more clingy, start imagining accidents or emergencies.

How does anxiety affect a family?

The ripples (and sometimes tidal waves) which changing and/or challenging behaviour cause can ignite tension between sisters and brothers and have a negative affect on the whole family.  It’s not unusual for one parent to write off the behaviour as just a phase or bad behaviour, whilst another sees it for what it is…a red flag.  Often it’s not until the unseeing parents have listened to the child in our therapy rooms that they realise the true level of worry, fear and pain their child is carrying.

When to look for help for your child, tween or teenager?

Essentially, when their behaviour and beliefs change, for the worse or begin to affect family members, that’s when outside help is needed

It can be dealt with quickly and easily.

The key is to help your child change their thinking.  Emotions then improve, for the positive.  Responses and behaviour will change too.

Your child will not only learn how to manage their thoughts, feelings and responses but the techniques Sue will show them will help them in their later years too.  Exam nerves, interview nerves…even dating nerves can be calmed in the future, with the same techniques.  The key is for changes in thinking to become habit and that takes repetition and a little time.

Whilst this change in outlook, emotion and behaviour can take 8/9 weeks for an adult, children are often greatly improved within 6, and those improvements carry on after therapy

Therapy choice for kids

Sue offers a range of therapies.  The Relaxed Living Programme. Using Applied Psychology, a form of CBT, (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, one of the “talking therapies” recommended by the NHS.)  She is also trained in Hypnotherapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and common sense!

With 17 years experience, Sue can recommend the best and fastest route to a happier life for your child, offering modern therapy for children.

For more information on therapies, please visit our Therapies page

How does Sue make sure information is taken in and used?

Everyone has their own “learning style.”  For some to hear instructions is enough.  For others they need to be able to construct situations in their mind…to “see” the circumstances they might use new techniques.  Some need a physical reminder, a prompt you could say.

Using a flip chart and drawing as a visual support adds to the child’s understanding in the clinic.  Physical “props” are also used to cement the knowledge and improve understanding.  Examples of other children’s journey through therapy and the way they learnt to use the techniques will further help the process. This aids the child to go from learning, to habit.

Therapy for Children. Fears Phobias Anxiety Anger Depression Emotional and Behaviour Issues

For the under 16’s a parent  or trusted adult will need to attend sessions too.  This allows you to support, guide and remind them during the week, between sessions.  You know your child best and can pick up on issues and learning points as they arise.

It’s invaluable during the session, when you can prompt past issues that might now be dealt with.  In fact, many parents use the techniques themselves and teach them to their other children too.  It’s not unusual for the whole family to benefit.

Free Screening Session

The route we decide to take to help your child will follow a brief telephone call with a parent.  So, Sue will ask for some background information, to get the best from the Free Screening Session, She needs to have an idea of the problem and some insight into your child, their life and pastimes.

The Free Screening Session is for you and your child to get a feel for how Sue works and whether you and they feel comfortable with her.  Ideally both parents will attend this session.  It sends a strong message to the child that you are both taking their issues seriously and are there to support them.  It also means there are no misunderstandings later about what the therapy will involve.  However, in some cases that isn’t possible and then it will be up to the attending parent to pass on information and gain approval to go ahead.

Therapy Sessions For Children

Charges are per session and each session will last between 45 to 55 minutes (although we often go over time, when we’re doing well and the session is flowing, or when extra help is needed)

Most children will have undertaken the Relaxed Living Programme and will be at the end of that programme in 6 weeks.

Please visit our FEES page for the cost of sessions.

If you’d like more information, would like a chat or have questions, please call, text or email Sue.

Even this small step could make all the difference to you, your child and your family life