CBT for Children

We offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for children.

CBT is a therapy which aims to disrupt negative patterns of thought in order to find relief from difficult feelings. It differs from psychotherapy in the way that it focuses on problems your child is having in their daily life, rather than talking about the past.

How do I know if it’s right for my child?

If your child is struggling with anxiety, depression, or eating-related problems, they may be offered CBT. It can also be used to treat trauma, phobias, and may be helpful for those experiencing difficulties in their interpersonal relationships, at home or at school. CBT usually begins with an assessment, where a therapist will decide if CBT may be appropriate for your child.

How can I access help?

When you make an enquiry on behalf of your child, you will be asked to provide some basic information on them, and what they are struggling with. You will then be invited to a telephone consultation which will help our clinicians decide on the best course of action.

Will the family be involved?

Parents and other family members are often invited to take part in sessions involving children. Additional support, such as family therapy or psychotherapy, is also available for the families of children who are experiencing difficulties.

How much will it cost?

Costs differ between individuals. You will be given a clear idea of fees before any treatment begins.

Make an Enquiry

Complete our short enquiry form and one of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible

Our Specialists

Dr Philip Hayton


Dr Esther Serrano-Ikkos


Beverley Sokel


Dr Philip Hayton

Categories: *CBT for Adults, *CBT for Children, *Counselling and psychotherapy for adults, *Counselling and psychotherapy for children, Psychologists

Dr Hayton was doctorate trained at Salomons Clinical Psychology Training Programme, emphasising family, adult, parent, and child developmental psychology at the Child & Family Department at the NHS Tavistock Clinic where he completed a specialisation. He works in Hertfordshire and London. He has contributed to CFP for many years and co-chairs the Adult Practice group at TCFP.

A founding member of the Holistic Faculty of the British Psychological Society, Dr Hayton is a skilled and sensitive practitioner in the treatment of psychological stress, difficulty and trauma in individuals of all ages, utilising a broad range of Cognitive and other Psychological and Systemic approaches in brief and longer-term periods of therapy. With extensive ‘lifespan development’ and systemic expertise in organisations, Dr Hayton also offers specialist coaching programmes, drawing on further training at the Tavistock Institute and research at Ashridge.

An experienced clinical psychologist from leading NHS services, Dr Hayton is faculty for a UK Counselling Psychology professional doctorate. In private practice, his clients – across the full range of leaders, adults, parents, and young people – are offered the very best quality and value, receiving personally tailored psychological support and care through individualised developmental assessment; advice; therapy, coaching programmes, and/or counselling, for meaningful and lasting growth.

    Dr Esther Serrano-Ikkos

    Categories: *CBT for Adults, *CBT for Children, *Counselling and psychotherapy for adults, *Counselling and psychotherapy for children, *EMDR, Psychologists

    Dr Serrano-Ikkos is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist currently working in the NHS (ST Mark’s Hospital) and privately. Previously, she was a staff member at Great Ormond Street Hospital for 14 years, where she was involved in clinical, research and service development, and international teaching activities.

    Dr Serrano-Ikkos studied clinical psychology at the Autonoma University of Madrid, completing postgraduate degrees in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy; and Systemic Family Therapy at University College, University of London, where she also completed her Ph.D. In addition, she is a fully trained Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist.

    Her special interests are psychological interventions for Psychological Trauma (e.g. personal injury) and to enhance quality of life in chronic physical and debilitating illness (e.g. cancer; IBS). She also provides a wide range of services for children, adolescents and adults including Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Phobias, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, School/Work Related Stress, Anger, Confidence & Self Esteem, Relationships and Bereavement.

      Beverley Sokel

      Categories: *CBT for Children, *Cognitive Skills Assessment, Psychologists

      Beverly Sokel is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with special interests in
      paediatric psychology and child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing.

      She offers therapy services for a wide range of psychological problems including anxiety and panic attacks, fears and phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, tic disorders, hair pulling and skin picking, sleeping, feeding and toileting difficulties, behavioural difficulties, emotional problems, relationships difficulties within families and bereavement as well as problems relating to health issues such as needle phobia and pain and symptom management. Her work with children, young people, parents and carers draws upon different therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), behaviour therapy, sessions for families and for parents, relaxation and breathing techniques, guided imagery and mindfulness.

      She works in private practice, having previously worked for many years as a clinical psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Hertfordshire.

      She is able to offer remote consultations and sessions at the present time.