Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children

Child psychotherapy can help children and young people work through difficult feelings which may be causing them unhappiness in their day-to-day life.

For family therapy please use this link:

Family Therapy

What can my child get help with?

Children who are in emotional distress often find it hard to articulate what they are feeling, or to identify a cause of those feelings. Psychotherapy can help children who are experiencing all kinds of psychological or emotional difficulties, such as depression or anxiety, as well as those who are having problems with their behaviour and relationships, at home or at school. Children may also benefit from psychotherapy when they have been through difficult or traumatic experiences such as parental separation.

What help is available?

Child psychotherapy can be a stand-alone treatment or used in combination with family therapy. For children who find it difficult to speak about what they are feeling, play and drawing can be used to help them express themselves.

How does it work?

When you make an initial enquiry on behalf of a child, you will be asked to provide some basic information about them and what they are struggling with. You may then be offered a telephone consultation, where you can provide a more detailed picture. This will help us to decide what therapist and type of therapy would be of most help to your child.

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

Donnette Neil


Lesley Maroni

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, EMDR practitioner

Dr Philip Hayton


Dr Esther Serrano-Ikkos


Annie Flower


Donnette Neil

Categories: *Counselling and psychotherapy for children, Psychotherapists

Donnette has previous extensive clinical experience working within the NHS child, adolescent and family mental health service in addition to her work at The Child and Family Practice.

Donnette is a specialist psychotherapist who works with young children, adolescents, young adults and parents. She covers a range of emotional, psychological, behavioural and neurodevelopmental difficulties. Conducting short-term and long-term individual psychanalytic psychotherapy and parent guidance. Donnette consults to schools, colleagues from various professional disciplines, professional organisations such as social services, education and G.Ps.

Donnette has special interests in ethnic diversity and cultural differences which she believes contributes to her understanding of the individual, of parent-infant relationships, of attachment difficulties and the emotional life of the child.

Donnette is a member of the multi-disciplinary team and participates in the assessment and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, ADD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. This includes performing complex emotional wellbeing assessments, specialist parent guidance sessions and she helps parents with behavioural management of their children who have been diagnosed with these conditions.

Donnette leads the therapeutic team consisting of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists and Systemic Psychotherapists, allocating cases as clinically appropriate. She also advises and assists colleagues in managing complex situations.

Donnette manages the referral triage process for all the professionals at the practice dealing with young children, adolescents and young adults. She speaks with referrers, both parents and other professionals in order to determine the appropriate pathway/professional to address each referral.

    Lesley Maroni

    Position: Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, EMDR practitioner
    Categories: *Counselling and psychotherapy for adults, *Counselling and psychotherapy for children, *Eating Disorders, *EMDR, Psychotherapists

    Lesley Maroni trained as a child and adolescent psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, after which she took up a highly specialist post in the Family Unit at the Cassel Hospital, assessing and treating parents with their infants and children. This work involved report writing and appearing as an expert witness for the courts.

    Lesley has also had extensive experience treating severely disturbed adolescents and young people both in NHS inpatient units and in specialist community child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Her areas of expertise are in working with adolescents with eating disorders; those who self-harm; those at risk of suicide; those who have been physically, emotionally and/or sexually abused and who have recurring flashbacks, as well as seeing children and young people who are suffering from anxiety and depression.

    To facilitate the successful treatment of PTSD and dissociation, Lesley has completed the training for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); this is a short-term treatment (approx. 7-8 sessions), recommended by NICE, which can be used with children, adolescents and adults.

    Lesley has lectured and published widely on a range of mental health issues. Her publications include ‘Understanding your 4-5-year-old’ (Jessica Kingsley – part of the Tavistock Series ‘Understanding your Child’). Her most recent publication is a chapter entitled ‘The language of smell’ in the book ‘Towards Belonging’ (Karnac).

      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.

          Annie Flower

          Categories: *Counselling and psychotherapy for adults, *Counselling and psychotherapy for children, *Couple and relationship therapy, *Family Therapy, *Help with parenting, Directors, Family Therapists, Psychotherapists

          Annie Flower is a family and couple therapist with many years of experience working in both the NHS and the private sector.

          Annie offers help and advice to those who may be experiencing conflict or difficulties in their own relationship, or with other family members. She also has a special interest in the problems of adolescents and their impact on other family members, such as eating disorders, conduct disorders, and the consequences of physical illness.

            Stephanie Fattorini

            Position: THERAPIST
            Categories: *Counselling and psychotherapy for children, *Family Therapy, *Help with parenting, Psychotherapists

            Steph has been working with children and with families since 2005. She has worked as a therapist in various settings, such as a University, in primary and secondary schools, charities for children with Special Needs, a Mediation Centre and in her own practice in Fulham. She enjoys providing 1:1 therapeutic support, family therapy, and has facilitated play-therapy groups. She is an Adult Trainer who co-presents two Separated Parent Programmes in London, one of which she has as co-written and founded.

            Her work with children is facilitated by her training in play-therapy. Whilst providing a calm and empathic space for children, teenagers, parents, couples and families, Steph is non directive and follows cues from children‎ and works with all ages. The family sessions are tailored to foster better communication and relationships between children, parents and carers. She likes to increase a person’s self-awareness and self-confidence with various creative mediums. The focus of the sessions can be more on immediate problems, with practical suggestions offered and can be shorter term than psychoanalytic therapy.

            Steph is an accredited BACP therapist and has recently specialised in helping families in separation and divorce and writes a monthly blog on related subjects (if interested, please visit:

            Steph has trained in both Integrative and Psychodynamic Therapy. The basis of her work is founded on psychodynamic concepts but values the influences of the humanistic and person centred approaches.