The Behavioural Approach

This page is to help parents know a little more about the approach I take when it comes to helping with children’s emotional and behavioural issues.  Child Psychology has a wide range of approaches, and many parents have tried it before and it hasn’t helped.  My approach to children’s behaviour has evolved over 20 years and is quite different to the standard approach, so if you’re a parent that has tried it all before, there’s still hope. 

Child behaviour has also become incredibly complicated, with social media and the internet flooding parents with advice and theories, and it can all become very confusing and daunting.  And all too often, the process of diagnosis and treatment leaves parents ‘out of the picture’ and not in control. It’s essential for parent/s to be included in the process every step of the way.

Diagnoses, ‘trauma’, and ‘attachment issues’ have become synonymous with children’s behavioural issues – it seems that all behaviour now is immediately attributed to a diagnosis or past trauma.  Unfortunately, this can be really unhelpful and it can actually make things worse.  If you are concerned that your child may have an undiagnosed condition, or they may be affected by trauma, we can discuss this in detail and then we can discuss how best to help.  

Based on years of providing therapy-based treatment for children’s behavioural and emotional issues, and being professionally trained in ‘attachment therapy’, and spending countless therapy sessions with children who simply play with toys and draw pictures, I can honestly say that more often we just need to focus on the behaviours that are causing the problems. 

I also believe that catering to a diagnosis, such as Autism, is often very unhelpful, as this does nothing to prepare your child for the real world.  When a diagnosis is made (often by professionals with a vested interest in making a diagnosis), the conventional advice is that everything needs to revolve around the diagnosis, and families have to turn their lives up-side-down to cater to the diagnosis, and spend a fortune on ‘therapy sessions’ that don’t seem to do much.  Parents need practical and sensible strategies to manage daily life, and in doing so, prepare their child for the real world. 

I hope this provides some insight into my ‘behavioural’ approach.  Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss anything in more detail.