Child and Adolescent Counselling/Psychotherapy

Child Psychotherapy can help with a wide range of problems including:

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  • Bereavement
  • Divorce
  • Attachment Difficulties
  • Problems with school
  • ADHD
  • Aspergers
  • Lack of Confidence
  • Eating Problems
  • Coping with Change
  • Coping with Illness/Disability
  • Trauma
  • Experiences of Abuse
  • Anger
  • Substance misuse
  • Self harming
  • Feeling Low
  • Confused about sexuality

An integrative transpersonal therapist believes that, in addition to the normal environmental and social factors known to affect development, a child has soul qualities, with which they are born and that are unique to them.

Young children

When working with  young children, we rarely discuss problems. Problems are explored in the context of play. This is a powerful form of communication, which tells the trained eye a lot about how a child is experiencing the world and the difficulties the child is experiencing. Play is also a form of healing and children are able to ‘move on’ when they ‘play out’ their fears or anger . All therapy sessions take place in a ‘ playroom ‘ . A child will often describe therapy as ‘fun’, but far more than play is taking place.


Individual therapy with adolescents is similar to the therapy that adults engage in. It is a place where young people can focus on themselves, on their experiences and relationships, on their problems with family and peers and on their hopes dreams and fears. All of this in a non threatening and non judgemental confidential environment. It is often the case that adolescents do not feel able to discuss their difficulties with anyone, for fear of getting into trouble, being ridiculed, or upsetting others. This is where therapy can be really helpful. 


You will be asked to attend an assessment interview of approximately 50 minutes, usually without the young person that  you wish to have therapy. This allows the psychotherapist to find out what the problems are and to get to know about you and your family. You will have an opportunity to ask questions to see if therapy is right for your child and the psychotherapist will decide whether the service we offer is appropriate for the child.

Self Referral

If you are an adolescent you may self refer and if it is deemed appropriate by the psychotherapist, attend the assessment interview without your parents. You may be referred for therapy without your parents consent.

The Therapist

Shaun Goodwin, a qualified and UKCP registered child psychotherapist, has completed an MA in Child, Family and Adolescent transpersonal therapy and also a diploma in Sandplay Studies. He has considerable experience of working with children, both privately, for the specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team in South Oxfrodshire and for The Abingdon Bridge young persons’ support centre. He also provides counselling to pupils at local schools. He is a member of the management committee of the UKCP Faculty for Children’s Psychological Health. He provides supervision to therapists working with children.

A 50-minute session costs £60.