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John specializes in direct work with children and young people who worry. Having a child that worries or obsesses about things can be distressing to both a child or their parents. Such problems eat up time and cause a young person to miss out on so much. Instead of having fun and being successful your child will spend their time worrying, making sure things are "alright" or perhaps finding ways to keep everybody safe from harm. Using a practical Cognitive and behavioral approach adjusted to the developmental context and needs of the young person, John offers a bespoke service for these problems.

Lasting 50-60 minutes in length, during the first session John will describe and explain your young person's problems in easy to understand language and map out with you choices for the next steps in their recovery. Subsequent sessions can also last 50-60 minutes in which he will partner you and your child at every step.

John is also very comfortable working with other common problems in child and adolescent mental health too. Panics, sad feelings, bad things that have happened, being scared of things, or being excessively 'shy", John has worked for 25 years in this field and is used to meeting problems in every size and shape. He will understand! There is no need for either you or your child to feel alone or ashamed. He wishes to help your young person to recovery as swiftly as possible.

Grown-ups need not feel left out either. John has plenty of experience in working with them too!

Like many things in life, what effort we put into affairs is what we get out. Your child's problems will need priority and a little bit of hard work. Depending on how severe things are when John meets you he will be able to give you an estimation of how many sessions your child might need.

As a baseline, for mild to moderate problems expect 1-8 sessions, for the more severe 8-16. John will discuss things with you such that you have an idea of how long things might take. He will let you and your young person 'take charge'. You may wish to join your child or young person in sessions (this is quite common for the younger person) or perhaps join in the final five minutes so that John and your child can 'feed back' outcomes from their session. It is quite normal and usual for the teenager to want to have sessions exclusively with the Worry Man - and that is fine. 

It is quite difficult to 'unlearn' or 'forget' habits and worries. Think of having problems of this nature in terms of riding a bicycle. You may not ride a bike for years and years, but you will know how to cycle if you desire to go biking again. John's sessions have built-in 'lessons for life' such that if the problem comes back again (and sometimes they do!) you and your child will be skilled up to deal with things effectively. John's wish is to see you and your child end contacts as soon as practicable. Sometimes your child might need to come back to 'top up' from time to time, but again the idea here is to return them to good functioning as swiftly as possible.

Both parents and young people may have questions before embarking on a course of treatment. John is happy to outline answers to questions of this nature prior to meeting him. The idea is to swiftly return your child or young person to an adjusted life, free from worry or fear as soon as practicable.

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