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Joanna Askew

Joanna currently works within an NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) as a Highly Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She also works independently from Hawthorn Centre for Psychotherapy in Gosforth and Swissphysio in Tynemouth.

Joanna has worked therapeutically for over twenty years with children, adolescents and adults.

Services offered:

  • Assessments
  • Individual Child Psychotherapy
  • Individual Counselling for adults
  • Supervision for other professionals
  • Consultation to organisations

What is Child Psychotherapy?

Child and adolescent psychotherapy is an evidence based treatment for infants, children, young people and their families who may be experiencing complex emotional and psychological difficulties.

The focus of child and adolescent psychotherapy is to help understand what is being communicated about a child’s inner world through their behaviour, play or words.

The therapeutic relationship is developed through talking or play, depending on age. The aim is for the child or young person to have a better understanding of themselves, their relationships and behaviour in order to change as they learn, grow and develop.

Child and adolescent psychotherapists may see children and young people individually or with their family.

Child psychotherapists also apply their psychoanalytic approach to work with parents, carers and other professionals to gain a deeper understanding of the child’s perspective.

What is an ACP registered Child Psychotherapist?

ACP registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists have undertaken a minimum of six years’ training, of which four years is in Psychoanalytic practice in the NHS. They are experienced in working with and treating infants, children, young people and families with a range of complex difficulties.

ACP registered Child Psychotherapists work with children and adolescents from 0-25, as well as to offer parent-infant and parent-child interventions. Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists also provide supervision and consultation to other psychotherapists and professionals working with young people and their families.

To learn more about the work of ACP registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, please visit the website where further information, including research evidence is available.

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The Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) and The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) are assessed and accredited under the Accredited Register scheme. This is set up by the Department of Health and administered by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). This means that our Register meets the PSA’s high standards of governance, setting standards, education and training, managing the register, providing information and complaints handling.

Member of the Association of Child Psychotherapy (ACP) Association of Child Psychotherapy (ACP) 2012

  • MBACP (Senior Accredited) British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 1999
  • UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 1999

Joanna is a member of the Private Practice Register and registered with BUPA

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