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Early Years Parent Counselling

Are you exhausted by broken sleep and early risers? Does your toddler struggle to play with other children? Maybe you wish your children would get along better with each other.

In the early years from babies, toddlers and pre-school, parents often struggle with emotional and behavioural issues that typify development at each stage. These include: establishing sleeping patterns, healthy eating, coping with tantrums, sibling rivalry, setting and holding boundaries and playing and sharing with friends. Parents may want to set up their parenting style and relationships for the future and can feel overwhelmed at the amount of parenting advice available.

Our therapists can offer practical, tailored advice and a contained space to reflect on the kind of parent you want to be.

The early years (from 0-5) are a very special time where children develop at their fastest rate. But it is also a uniquely challenging time when the demands of parenting are particularly physical and hands on. For this reason it is also perhaps the area of parenting that has the most dedicated literature and opinions of how to encourage children to sleep, eat, listen, calm down etc. This can add to the pressure and overwhelming feelings that parents already experience. Learn more, or Book Today.

Our Experts in Early Years Development

Karen Raingold

Child & Adolescent Art Psychotherapist

I am an experienced and intuitive Art Psychotherapist who has been working therapeutically with children and families for thirteen years.

Karen Lever

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

I manage therapeutic services in two London primary schools, as well as supporting trainee psychotherapists. I also work clinically with children.

Sama Hunt

Child & Adolescent Art Psychotherapist

For 18 years I have worked in adult mental health within the NHS. I have also worked with young people and their families within school settings for the past 8 years.

Kati Mencer

Psychotherapeutic Child Counsellor

I have worked with children and parents for 20 years, starting as a school teacher, Montessori educator/trainer, and then as a child and parent counsellor.

Helen Curren-Anaman

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

I have over 20 years of experience practicing within private, public, and charity settings offering consultations for children, young people, and families.

Symone Stephens-Morgan

Child & Adolescent Art Psychotherapist

I work holistically with parents/carers, recognising the many internal and external factors that contribute to difficulties within parental and family dynamics.

Our early years service will ensure that parents feel heard and receive advice that fits with their unique parent-child relationship and life circumstances. Clinicians take a person centred and collaborative approach. This ensures that parents have an opportunity to offload and freely express their concerns and can think with a specialist about how to prioritise strategies that will bring about smoother routines and a calmer household. Parents will receive a mixture of effective tools and also the relational framework that is essential in understanding their efficacy and providing the confidence to deviate where necessary.

Take the first step and work out what support you and your family might need in the future. Sometimes one therapeutic conversation can be enough to renew your confidence and equip you with fresh ideas to move forward. Get in touch to learn more, or Book Today.

Early Years Parenting Blogs

  • Helping Children Cope With Anxiety
    Many children experience anxiety.  It may be in relation to a particular area of their lives such as school work or friendships, or it may be a generalised feeling of unease or worry that surfaces regularly. We’ve outlined strategies to help cope with anxiety…. Read more.
  • Helping Children With Sibling Rivalry
    Sibling rivalry is a common and frustrating concern amongst families. It can put a huge strain on parents and cause much anxiety, especially if one child’s behaviour is overly aggressive or cruel towards another child or children. We’ve outlined strategies to help cope with sibling rivalry…. Read more.
  • Play for Attachment & Emotional Regulation
    Engaging in child-led, one-to-one play on a regular basis is a key element of building attachment and supporting children’s development. This type of play is something that parents do naturally with pre verbal and very young children but do so less with older ages, however it continues to be hugely beneficial and a great tool for addressing a wide range of relational and behavioural concerns…. Read more.

Additional Parent Resources

There are many exceptional resources for parents available online but it can be hard to find them if you don’t know where to look. Our team has compiled a list of recommended organisations, website and helplines for a wide range of parenting concerns. As well as support for more serious mental health issues, you’ll find our latest creations and recommendations of parenting videos, podcasts and books to add to your reading list. Learn more…

Book Recommendations

“What Mothers Do” by Naomi Stadlen. An affirming collection of stories and accounts from new mothers that unpicks the complex and undervalued role of mothering.

“How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7” by Joanne Faber and Julie King. A highly practical guide to perfecting communication with young children in a way that meets their developmental needs.

“Good Inside: A Practical Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be” by Dr Becky Kennedy. An easy to understand guide for tackling a wide range of issues including separation anxiety, sibling rivalry, tantrums and more.

“Parenting Siblings without Rivalry” by Sandra D. Coon. A comprehensive guide to how and why rivalry develops and strategies for supporting more harmonious sibling relationships.

“It’s OK not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids” by Heather Shumaker. An engaging book that explores many of the outdated parenting approaches and strategies from past generations and offering more effective alternatives.

“How to be a Calm Parent” by Sarah Ockwell-Smith. A refreshing approach in that it focuses on parents and the factors behind their parenting choices and struggles, rather than offering solutions focused on child behaviours.


What is Confident Parenting?

Confident Parenting enables you to feel back in control of your parenting choices. We give you options based on the reality of your family at this time, rather than advocating for one approach. All of our consultants are vetted and extremely experienced child/adolescent or family therapists so you know you are in safe hands. Our vision is of accessible, professional and empowering parent support. A space to reflect and to come away with new strategies during challenging times. We believe the right conversation at the right time can empower parents to move forwards themselves.

How much will the session cost?

Sessions cost £80 per single session (45mins) + follow up email summary.

Who are Confident Parenting sessions for? 

Sessions are suited to parents and carers of all ages. In the early years especially, parents often struggle with emotional and behavioural issues that typify development at this stage including emotional regulation, sibling rivalry, eating, sleep, boundaries and peer relationships.

At primary and secondary age, parents may be seeking advice about many of the areas outlined above as well as issues often seen at this stage, including work stress and anxiety, growth mindset, confidence and body issues, gender, sexuality and identity. 

Where do the sessions take place? 

The Confident Parenting sessions take place online via Zoom. You will receive a link prior to the selected date and time. 

Who should attend sessions?

Sessions are for parents and primary carers. Where there are two parent families we recommend that both parents attend sessions if possible. This is so that the presenting issue can be discussed from the perspectives of all carers involved. A whole-family approach can be explored and developed.

How many sessions can I have?

We recommend two sessions – a single session consultation with a follow up session. You can always book in another session when you choose. The single session/follow up model ensures you make the most of the one session but return to discuss your issue and develop your thinking after you have put new ideas into practice.

What’s involved in the pre-session questionnaire?
  1. What is your main concern (NB how old is your child and how long have you been concerned)?
  2. What have you already tried that has/hasn’t helped?
  3. What would you like to get out of the session?
Where do I find the pre-session questionnaire?

This questionnaire will be generated online when booking.

What should I do in advance?

Please complete the questions on the pre-session questionnaire generated online when you book.

We also recommend that you consider these additional questions in preparation for your session.

  1. How is the problem affecting A. your child B. you C. other people in you/your child’s life?
  2. What do you think we need to know about the situation in order to be able to help?
  3. For the therapist to be most helpful, is there anything you feel is important to know about your culture, ethnicity, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, mental or physical health or any other factor?


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