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Dealing With Anxiety in the Classroom

Top Tips for Teachers to Help Students with Anxiety Anxiety disorders are one of the most common and growing mental health problems amongst children. It is likely that most classes will have at least one child suffering with anxiety. Schools can be an anxiety provoking environment due to overstimulation and pressures around learning and friendships.  Our therapists have put together their top tips for opening-up conversations about anxiety and supporting children who may be suffering. How to Help a Student Understand & Manage Anxiety in the Classroom   Help children to realise that anxiety is normal, and sometimes even helpful

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Endings & Transitions: classroom ideas

– Karen Raingold is a HCPC registered Art Therapist.  The end of the academic year can bring lots of change and excitement as children prepare for end of term performances, sports days and trips as well as looking forward to the next chapter of their schooling. However, all of this can be deeply unsettling for children, especially the most vulnerable who rely on school as a place of routine and familiarity. Add to this the often painful experience of saying goodbye which may bring up feelings associated with other losses that they have experienced, and you have a recipe for

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Coping with uncertainty: a lesson plan

If there is one way to sum up external events at the start of this academic year, it has to be “turbulent”. Continued recovery from Covid19 followed by the death of Queen Elizabeth II on home shores, the on-going War in Ukraine and the economic and political crisis, all contribute to a sense of change and uncertainty. Schools continue to be a haven of safety and consistency for many pupils. Staff, at all stages, can help to address children’s concerns around what they are hearing and absorbing from the adults around them. The stress of current times comes down to

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The ‘Joker’ within us all

Brazilian psychologist and psychotherapist, Flavio Cordeiro shares his thoughts after watching the film: Joker… I watched Joker this weekend. It had been a long time since I came out of such a troubled movie. I believe this is one of the main functions of art: to disturb, to wake us up. The mechanism of the nightmares is more or less the same. Nightmares wake us up with an issue that needs to be addressed, or it will continue to haunt us all night long. Art, sometimes with beauty and emotion, bothers us for the same reason: it presents us with an

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Again in Kathmandu

Tereza Nogueira, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and senior supervisor for ‘Child in Time’, writes to us from Kathmandu, Nepal where she’s returned as a volunteer with Unity in Health After volunteering for the first time this year (see previous blog posts), I have come back to Nepal earlier that I ever thought I would.It is amazing how perspectives can change as we get used to things. I arrived in Kathmandu by myself last Saturday. I was picked up from the airport by the Unity in Health country representative who is one of the kindest people I’ve met here in Nepal.As

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The Boy Who Could Fly

Early support in schools can be a real game-changer for ‘disruptive’ children. Child Psychotherapist Adriana Buzetto shares her story of therapeutic work with a nine year old boy in the school setting. (Names and identifying details have been changed to maintain confidentiality) I’d like to share the story of Zain, a 9 year-old boy who was referred to therapy because of his disruptive behaviour at school. To me this is a beautiful and quite straight-forward example of how early support can really be a game changer.  Zain was referred to therapy because he was behind academically and didn’t manage friendships well.

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Tales of Childhood

Adriana Buzetto, child and adolescent psychotherapist went to Woolmore School in Tower Hamlets to work creatively with a group of parents. Watch this short video to find out about their experience…

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A psychotherapist in Kathmandu (10)

A present from the universe… I always thought about going to Nepal as an opportunity to see Mount Everest. I kept asking people if we would have time in our schedule to go and see it. To my disappointment, I was told it was 1 hr away from Kathmandu and even if we went it would not be guaranteed a siting, due to clouds and mist.  I felt something would be forever missed if I didn’t catch a glimpse of this great mountain and when it was confirmed that I wouldn’t see it this time, I felt my wish to

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A psychotherapist in Kathmandu (9)

My last day in Nepal… I could not believe we’d reached the end of twenty four, intense days in Nepal. When I first arrived, this felt impossible to achieve. The initial shock of how different Nepal was for me had vanished. All felt natural and normal as I had adjusted to the place. At 6:30 in the morning when I was half asleep, suddenly the bed started to shake. I realised it was an earthquake and I was surprised to discover that I wasn’t feeling scared. For a moment it was exciting, like being in a funfair. Difficult to describe

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A psychotherapist in Kathmandu (8)

At 6:30am we arrived at the University for my first lecture to the counselling students of the University of Kathmandu. Their study day is from 6:30 to 9:30 as they all rush to work afterwards which left me with a strong feeling of how much we take for granted over here.  Having been away to the mountains, it was nice to see their faces again and they felt strangely familiar, as if I had known them for a long time.   I lectured on working with special needs children and teenagers and they all seemed eager to learn what I was

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The Counselling provision at our school is now excellent. This is due to Chloe’s understanding of the needs of pupils, parents and the school as an organization. I would whole-heartedly recommend ‘Child in Time’ to head-teachers considering their own counselling provision. Head-teacher of Woolmore School, Tower Hamlets

Parent Consultation: They have become much better at expressing their feelings and opening up to me and their siblings. Parent, 2023

School Counselling: My son has completely turned around and is simply wonderful at the moment. He is back to his normal self at home, being very happy, caring and kind. He is especial kind and caring with his sister and just the best brother ever now. As a family, we are happy and content. Parent, 2023

It is quality time well spent not letting pupils leave with negative patterns that make them vulnerable beyond school. One of the best decisions I have made. Head-teacher of St Saviour’s School, Tower Hamlets

You have helped me build a barrier of protection against pain and I can’t thank you enough for that…I have never felt so emotionally strong. Student, aged 15

Child in Time is a tremendous resource for head-teachers. It’s a consultancy that offers a short-cut to setting up a counselling service in your school with highly trained, qualified practitioners. Child in Time brings peace of mind to staff, knowing that the most vulnerable students are in safe hands. Tereza Nogueira, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Senior supervisor UKCP

This intervention has had an enormous, positive impact for us all and we sincerely hope that other families benefit from the same programme…his positive behaviour is having a really good impact on all elements of his school life. Parent of child, age 8

I am glad I am coming to see you every Thursday because I used to hold all these things in my head and that was hard. Girl, age 10

We are very happy with the counselling service we are receiving and in particular 'our therapist's' flexible and accommodating nature. Parents are very pleased, both the target children’s parents and the consultation one’s too. SENCO, Rhodes Avenue School, Haringey

She is an outstanding therapist who has made a real difference to the lives of pupils in our school. 'Our therapist' possesses excellent skills in connecting with others, creating a safe space for staff, parents and pupils to discuss a range of issues. Her expertise, compassion, and dedication are truly commendable and we have really benefited from her thorough understanding of child development and psychology. Deputy Head, Highgate Pre-Prep

I want to say thank you. I found these sessions very very helpful. I could talk about anything with you. I remember our first one, when I was so worried that everything was my fault. I can now see things more clearly. student, age 11