Parenting Counselling in London

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Lorena Dolan-Chandler
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified
London E17  (Online Only)
Are you feeling unsettled by a change in your life? Feeling stuck and lost? I'm a Systemic and Family Therapist with 20 years of experience. I offer individual and couples counselling; I also work with families. Changes come in all forms; you might be entering a different stage in life like becoming a parent, menopause, facing retirement or even separation; you might be dealing with a planned change like migration or with an unplanned situation in your life. We may develop ways of dealing with these challenges that may cause us anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, and relationship difficulties. I’m here to help you navigate this.
Are you feeling unsettled by a change in your life? Feeling stuck and lost? I'm a Systemic and Family Therapist with 20 years of experience. I offer individual and couples counselling; I also work with families. Changes come in all forms; you might be entering a different stage in life like becoming a parent, menopause, facing retirement or even separation; you might be dealing with a planned change like migration or with an unplanned situation in your life. We may develop ways of dealing with these challenges that may cause us anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, and relationship difficulties. I’m here to help you navigate this.
020 4538 4402 View 020 4538 4402
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Dr Sagari (Hilltop Psychology)
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
London W1G
At times in our life we can get stuck in patterns of thinking, feeling or behaving that get in the way of us living the life we want to live. Perhaps you're experiencing relationship or parenting difficulties that are affecting your mood or confidence levels. Alternatively, you've struggled with anxiety or low self esteem for a while, which has been holding you back from doing the things you want in life. Having a safe space to explore your feelings with an experienced clinician can be transformative. I am a Clinical Psychologist experienced in treating adults and children with a wide range of issues in the NHS and private sector.
At times in our life we can get stuck in patterns of thinking, feeling or behaving that get in the way of us living the life we want to live. Perhaps you're experiencing relationship or parenting difficulties that are affecting your mood or confidence levels. Alternatively, you've struggled with anxiety or low self esteem for a while, which has been holding you back from doing the things you want in life. Having a safe space to explore your feelings with an experienced clinician can be transformative. I am a Clinical Psychologist experienced in treating adults and children with a wide range of issues in the NHS and private sector.
020 3835 5487 View 020 3835 5487
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Rebecca Jones
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
London N8
If you are suffering with the loss of a loved one and are finding that there is no where to turn to and no one understands the pain which you are going through I can offer the space and time to listen. When we experience loss things can become overwhelming and having someone who will hold the emotions that feel too much for others can be crucial for moving through the process of grief. If you are struggling with parenting and looking for help to find clarity and understanding, I can help you reflect and identify patterns of behaviour within family dynamics that are causing disfunction and look at how to move forward with compassion.
If you are suffering with the loss of a loved one and are finding that there is no where to turn to and no one understands the pain which you are going through I can offer the space and time to listen. When we experience loss things can become overwhelming and having someone who will hold the emotions that feel too much for others can be crucial for moving through the process of grief. If you are struggling with parenting and looking for help to find clarity and understanding, I can help you reflect and identify patterns of behaviour within family dynamics that are causing disfunction and look at how to move forward with compassion.
020 4538 8446 View 020 4538 8446
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Nadia Somers
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
1 Endorsed
London N16  (Online Only)
I am a Clinical Psychologist working with adults in private practice (www.atimeandspace.com) and children and families in NHS practice. I support people to navigate a broad range of problems such as low mood, anxiety, burnout and stress, bereavement, loss, life transitions, fertility issues, parenting challenges, the effects of traumatic experiences, living with health conditions and new diagnoses, difficulty making decisions or feeling without a sense of purpose in life. I support people to feel they are living in a way that fits with their values and to depart from ways of being that no longer suit them.
I am a Clinical Psychologist working with adults in private practice (www.atimeandspace.com) and children and families in NHS practice. I support people to navigate a broad range of problems such as low mood, anxiety, burnout and stress, bereavement, loss, life transitions, fertility issues, parenting challenges, the effects of traumatic experiences, living with health conditions and new diagnoses, difficulty making decisions or feeling without a sense of purpose in life. I support people to feel they are living in a way that fits with their values and to depart from ways of being that no longer suit them.
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Kirsty Carmichael
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
London SE3  (Online Only)
I also offer therapeutic interventions to support parental identity issues and parent-infant bonding difficulties.
I am Dr Kirsty Carmichael and I am a Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with more than 12 years experience of working in the NHS. I offer a range of psychological therapies for adults, young people, couples and families.
I also offer therapeutic interventions to support parental identity issues and parent-infant bonding difficulties.
I am Dr Kirsty Carmichael and I am a Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with more than 12 years experience of working in the NHS. I offer a range of psychological therapies for adults, young people, couples and families.
020 3835 5282 View 020 3835 5282
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Barke Asuni counselling & psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified
London SW17
Key areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, adjustment to loss, parenting and relationship difficulties.
Mental health difficulties come in many forms and struggles may have been with us for years, even forming part of our identity, or they may have appeared as if from nowhere. As an Accredited therapist with 21 years of experience, I can help you develop different thinking styles, awareness and experience, allowing problems to be truly addressed in a new, meaningful way. My focus is you, & I tailor the type of therapy to suit the individual. You have a unique story and whether the difficulties are with depression, anxiety, stress, relationships, self-esteem, or childhood experiences we will work together to address them.
Key areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, adjustment to loss, parenting and relationship difficulties.
Mental health difficulties come in many forms and struggles may have been with us for years, even forming part of our identity, or they may have appeared as if from nowhere. As an Accredited therapist with 21 years of experience, I can help you develop different thinking styles, awareness and experience, allowing problems to be truly addressed in a new, meaningful way. My focus is you, & I tailor the type of therapy to suit the individual. You have a unique story and whether the difficulties are with depression, anxiety, stress, relationships, self-esteem, or childhood experiences we will work together to address them.
020 3909 8927 View 020 3909 8927
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Nicole Krokidis
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
London SE6
I am trained in CBT, DBT approaches, narrative approaches, solution focused approaches, NVR parenting, positive behaviour support and systemic interventions.
I offer specialist clinical psychology assessment, formulation and treatment to children, adolescents, parents and young adults based in South East London. I can offer face to face sessions in Blackheath or online therapy.
I am trained in CBT, DBT approaches, narrative approaches, solution focused approaches, NVR parenting, positive behaviour support and systemic interventions.
I offer specialist clinical psychology assessment, formulation and treatment to children, adolescents, parents and young adults based in South East London. I can offer face to face sessions in Blackheath or online therapy.
020 3835 3542 View 020 3835 3542
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Lisa Rose Akanuma
Psychotherapist, MSc, ACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
London SE25
If you are a parent or carer who has concerns about the emotional wellbeing of your child or your adolescent, email me so I can call you back as soon as I can for a free consultation to discuss how we can move forward as early intervention is crucial.
As a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, I was trained to carefully observe children and young people and respond to what they are consciously and unconsciously communicating through their behaviour, verbally and non-verbally, through unstructured play, their silence, and other ways to communicate their emotional difficulties or distress. I have several years working in the NHS in CAMHS, and with charity organizations, providing evidence-based therapy and individual & group interventions for children and adolescents and supporting the networks involved in their care so that they can build resilience, flourish and live fuller lives.
If you are a parent or carer who has concerns about the emotional wellbeing of your child or your adolescent, email me so I can call you back as soon as I can for a free consultation to discuss how we can move forward as early intervention is crucial.
As a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, I was trained to carefully observe children and young people and respond to what they are consciously and unconsciously communicating through their behaviour, verbally and non-verbally, through unstructured play, their silence, and other ways to communicate their emotional difficulties or distress. I have several years working in the NHS in CAMHS, and with charity organizations, providing evidence-based therapy and individual & group interventions for children and adolescents and supporting the networks involved in their care so that they can build resilience, flourish and live fuller lives.
01883 779598 View 01883 779598
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Dr Stef Kouvaras
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
London SE26  (Online Only)
I meet lots of people who tell me how they don’t feel good enough or worry that they are failing as a parent or partner.
I am passionate about supporting people to make sense of their difficulties, whether that be related to low mood and anxiety, managing big emotions or struggling in their relationships. Alongside my private practice I work in the NHS as a senior psychologist with children, young people, parents and families where there may be a history of trauma or concerns around ADHD or ASD.
I meet lots of people who tell me how they don’t feel good enough or worry that they are failing as a parent or partner.
I am passionate about supporting people to make sense of their difficulties, whether that be related to low mood and anxiety, managing big emotions or struggling in their relationships. Alongside my private practice I work in the NHS as a senior psychologist with children, young people, parents and families where there may be a history of trauma or concerns around ADHD or ASD.
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Dr Tej .
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
London WC1B
Dr Tej is Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 25 years clinical experience across Infant, Child and Adult mental health services. In her clinical practice with adults, her expertise is in helping identify and work through intergenerational cycles of trauma – or trauma with a small ‘t’, such as complex developmental trauma/family trauma/narcissistic abuse, scapegoating, chronic shame, feeling stuck not knowing how to break relational patterns. Clients she has worked with report these difficulties in the context of bullying at work, couple /marital/relationship difficulties and attachment/parenting and birth trauma/difficulties.
Dr Tej is Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 25 years clinical experience across Infant, Child and Adult mental health services. In her clinical practice with adults, her expertise is in helping identify and work through intergenerational cycles of trauma – or trauma with a small ‘t’, such as complex developmental trauma/family trauma/narcissistic abuse, scapegoating, chronic shame, feeling stuck not knowing how to break relational patterns. Clients she has worked with report these difficulties in the context of bullying at work, couple /marital/relationship difficulties and attachment/parenting and birth trauma/difficulties.
020 3870 3028 View 020 3870 3028
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Claudio Parretti
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
1 Endorsed
London N10
I also work with psychodynamic and integrative models of treatment, including EMDR, and provide Parent-infant Psychoyherapy.
I provide psychological treatment to clients suffering from a wide range of difficulties and conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Interpersonal problems, PTSD, Complex trauma and Anger management. Some of my clients may suffer from longterm difficulties, such as struggling to manage strong emotions and struggle to maintain close and significant relationships with others. Other clients may present with specific difficulties, such as career changes, family tensions or facing periods of particular stress. I also work with parents, who are struggling to bond with their children.
I also work with psychodynamic and integrative models of treatment, including EMDR, and provide Parent-infant Psychoyherapy.
I provide psychological treatment to clients suffering from a wide range of difficulties and conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Interpersonal problems, PTSD, Complex trauma and Anger management. Some of my clients may suffer from longterm difficulties, such as struggling to manage strong emotions and struggle to maintain close and significant relationships with others. Other clients may present with specific difficulties, such as career changes, family tensions or facing periods of particular stress. I also work with parents, who are struggling to bond with their children.
023 8214 8054 View 023 8214 8054
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Michael Atar
Psychotherapist, PhD, MUKCP
Verified
London NW4
I am Professor Michael Atar, a psychoanalytic parent-infant psychotherapist. I work with families, parents, carers, and their children, drawing on my expertise from various life experiences such as my medical background, working as a paediatric dentist for over 25 years, and being a father of a large family with children of various ages. Whilst I do adopt a psychoanalytic observational stance, I don’t approach therapy from the position of “expert”. My belief in therapy focuses on awareness, understanding, and gentle support. As the word therapy suggests facilitating and serving, my work emphasises a collaborative experience.
I am Professor Michael Atar, a psychoanalytic parent-infant psychotherapist. I work with families, parents, carers, and their children, drawing on my expertise from various life experiences such as my medical background, working as a paediatric dentist for over 25 years, and being a father of a large family with children of various ages. Whilst I do adopt a psychoanalytic observational stance, I don’t approach therapy from the position of “expert”. My belief in therapy focuses on awareness, understanding, and gentle support. As the word therapy suggests facilitating and serving, my work emphasises a collaborative experience.
020 3816 3545 View 020 3816 3545
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Chantell Douglas
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
London N16
or their child, to navigate highs and lows, specific challenges, or emotional stresses at any stage of the parenting journey.
I am a Senior Clinical Psychologist with 10+ years experience in the NHS in child/family/adult mental health and physical health. I was highly commended for an NHS Trust Excellence Award. In independent practice, I work integratively, drawing on a range of clinical psychology models, including acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and compassion focused therapy. I draw on research and training as a yoga and mindfulness practitioner, offering a warm, collaborative, and holistic approach to psychological wellbeing. I offer a space to explore together strengths, challenges and promote coping ideas.
or their child, to navigate highs and lows, specific challenges, or emotional stresses at any stage of the parenting journey.
I am a Senior Clinical Psychologist with 10+ years experience in the NHS in child/family/adult mental health and physical health. I was highly commended for an NHS Trust Excellence Award. In independent practice, I work integratively, drawing on a range of clinical psychology models, including acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and compassion focused therapy. I draw on research and training as a yoga and mindfulness practitioner, offering a warm, collaborative, and holistic approach to psychological wellbeing. I offer a space to explore together strengths, challenges and promote coping ideas.
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Veronica Rivera-Gould
Psychotherapist, PhD, MUKCP
Verified
London N1
Starting a counselling process can feel daunting. Your Journey begins with a single step which you have already made by reading this information. You may feel stuck with anxious and/or depressed feelings and would like to learn healthy ways to cope and move forward. Would you like to learn more positive ways of communicating with your child, partner, parent or family? Or perhaps you wish to have a deeper connection with your partner. You hold the key to make positive changes for a happier, satisfying and fulfilling life.
Starting a counselling process can feel daunting. Your Journey begins with a single step which you have already made by reading this information. You may feel stuck with anxious and/or depressed feelings and would like to learn healthy ways to cope and move forward. Would you like to learn more positive ways of communicating with your child, partner, parent or family? Or perhaps you wish to have a deeper connection with your partner. You hold the key to make positive changes for a happier, satisfying and fulfilling life.
020 4538 1647 View 020 4538 1647
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Dr Melissa Barry
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
1 Endorsed
London WC2H  (Online Only)
Being a parent/caregiver can sometimes feel very challenging, especially if your child is experiencing difficulties. Are you left wondering whether you are getting it right? It may be that you want to strengthen your relationship with your child and think about how you communicate with each other. We may also think about how you are taking care of your own needs and how to self-regulate your emotions in a healthy manner. Perhaps you are concerned about your child’s mental health and are looking for a way to help your child feel like themselves again. No matter what you are both going through, things can get better.
Being a parent/caregiver can sometimes feel very challenging, especially if your child is experiencing difficulties. Are you left wondering whether you are getting it right? It may be that you want to strengthen your relationship with your child and think about how you communicate with each other. We may also think about how you are taking care of your own needs and how to self-regulate your emotions in a healthy manner. Perhaps you are concerned about your child’s mental health and are looking for a way to help your child feel like themselves again. No matter what you are both going through, things can get better.
020 4538 0073 View 020 4538 0073
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Kristin C McCarthy
Counsellor, MA, PNCPS Acc.
Verified
London SW18
I am experienced in working with loss, parenting and relationship issues as well as more specialised concerns related to infertility and pregnancy.
As an integrative counsellor, I use a range of approaches and models. I will work with you to help you to explore whatever life issues you may be struggling with. Our sessions gives you the opportunity to discuss your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a non-judgemental and confidential space. I will give you time to work out how to best cope with what you are facing, to come to terms with the past as well as to explore ways to improve your relationships. I will support you but also at times challenge you so that you can honestly evaluate and clarify what really matters to you.
I am experienced in working with loss, parenting and relationship issues as well as more specialised concerns related to infertility and pregnancy.
As an integrative counsellor, I use a range of approaches and models. I will work with you to help you to explore whatever life issues you may be struggling with. Our sessions gives you the opportunity to discuss your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a non-judgemental and confidential space. I will give you time to work out how to best cope with what you are facing, to come to terms with the past as well as to explore ways to improve your relationships. I will support you but also at times challenge you so that you can honestly evaluate and clarify what really matters to you.
020 3962 2406 View 020 3962 2406
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Adele Braun
Psychotherapist, ACP
Verified
London W6  (Online Only)
On the basis of this, I can then offer further assessment, brief or long term therapies and therapeutic parent support.
I have an MPsychpsych (6-year postgraduate training) and I am registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), for work with children and young people up to the age of 25, as well as parents, carers and professionals. I have 20 years of experience working with children and families, including clinical and leadership positions within the NHS and in many mainstream and specialist schools. Most recently, running a specialist CAMHS service within the NHS in West London and as a Visiting Lecturer on Postgraduate mental health courses at the Tavistock & Portman.
On the basis of this, I can then offer further assessment, brief or long term therapies and therapeutic parent support.
I have an MPsychpsych (6-year postgraduate training) and I am registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), for work with children and young people up to the age of 25, as well as parents, carers and professionals. I have 20 years of experience working with children and families, including clinical and leadership positions within the NHS and in many mainstream and specialist schools. Most recently, running a specialist CAMHS service within the NHS in West London and as a Visiting Lecturer on Postgraduate mental health courses at the Tavistock & Portman.
01992 927835 View 01992 927835
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Liz Malpass
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
London N16
I am trained in several social learning, and attachment based parenting interventions.
I specialise in working with children, young people, families, and in supporting parents perinatally and beyond. I work with a wide range of issues that may have you or your child/family feeling unhappy, struggling, worried, or experiencing difficulties in relationships. I have experience of working with parents during pregnancy and perinatally where there may be struggles with mood and anxiety, or the transition to parenthood. I will provide an empathetic and confidential space to help you explore the challenges that have brought you to therapy, and to consider ways of of moving forward.
I am trained in several social learning, and attachment based parenting interventions.
I specialise in working with children, young people, families, and in supporting parents perinatally and beyond. I work with a wide range of issues that may have you or your child/family feeling unhappy, struggling, worried, or experiencing difficulties in relationships. I have experience of working with parents during pregnancy and perinatally where there may be struggles with mood and anxiety, or the transition to parenthood. I will provide an empathetic and confidential space to help you explore the challenges that have brought you to therapy, and to consider ways of of moving forward.
020 3962 1002 View 020 3962 1002
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Elodie De-Souza
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified
London EC1N  (Online Only)
I am an MBACP registered psychotherapist. I work with clients of all ages, but have a particular interest in working with children and young people. I have a longstanding interest in how our early relationships affect our development. I offer counselling (including play therapy where appropriate) and parenting support. I work as an integrative therapist. This means I blend elements from different approaches and I tailor this according to each of my client’s needs. This can include exploring how buried thoughts, feelings and experiences shape our current relationships.
I am an MBACP registered psychotherapist. I work with clients of all ages, but have a particular interest in working with children and young people. I have a longstanding interest in how our early relationships affect our development. I offer counselling (including play therapy where appropriate) and parenting support. I work as an integrative therapist. This means I blend elements from different approaches and I tailor this according to each of my client’s needs. This can include exploring how buried thoughts, feelings and experiences shape our current relationships.
020 8106 1902 View 020 8106 1902
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Patsy Ryz
Psychotherapist, MA, BPC
Verified
London N3  (Online Only)
I am an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and a Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience of work in the NHS, Voluntary Sector and Private Practice. I am part of the MA teaching staff at Tavistock Relationships where, as a Visiting Clinician, I have been involved in the Parenting Together and Parents in Dispute Services, undertaken assessments and supervision. In my Private Practice I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to parents, couples or individuals wanting help with their relationships.
I am an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and a Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience of work in the NHS, Voluntary Sector and Private Practice. I am part of the MA teaching staff at Tavistock Relationships where, as a Visiting Clinician, I have been involved in the Parenting Together and Parents in Dispute Services, undertaken assessments and supervision. In my Private Practice I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to parents, couples or individuals wanting help with their relationships.
020 3389 7084 View 020 3389 7084

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Parenting Counsellors

What does therapy for parenting look like?

Therapists may work with parents individually, together, or include the whole family to find solutions for the problems a parent faces. Many parent-based therapies work on a parent’s relationship with their children, problem-solving within the family, and analysis of family dynamics. Therapy conducted remotely by video may be helpful in allowing a therapist to observe how families interact in their own homes.

When should a parent seek therapy?

When behavioral problems begin to disrupt the healthy functioning of a family, it may be a good time to look into therapy. If parents find that children are acting out in school, have started using drugs or alcohol, have developed eating disorders, or other similar red flags, a therapist may be able to help.

How long does therapy take for parenting problems?

Depending on the severity of a family’s challenges and the type of treatment utilized, therapy for parenting can last from weeks to months. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a pragmatic therapy type that can be brief, most often ranging from between 5 and 20 sessions. Structural family therapy, which inspects family dynamics, often takes several months. Parent-child interaction therapy is typically shorter-term, lasting between 10 and 20 sessions. For any therapy, the duration will depend on the progress made and results realized.

Can therapy help parents dealing with burnout or stress?

Parenting is difficult. Parents may dismiss or conceal feelings of exhaustion, overwhelm, or escape ideation—imagining withdrawing from their parental obligations altogether. but left unattended, these feelings can have negative effects on the whole family. A therapist can help parents work on the skills they might need to better cope with the burdens of parenting and help them be the best parents they can be.