Professional support

There may be times when you need support from a professional. If you are feeling like you are struggling emotionally you can contact your GP for a referral to an NHS counsellor.  If you need support with your child you may be referred to your local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).  However, there can be long waiting times for these services and the provision is often time-limited.  Other options are outlined below under Private Practitioners or Organisations

Private practitioners

You can search on the following websites for private counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who will charge a fee for their services.

Private practitioners with expertise in supporting parents of children with additional needs 

The following professionals are registered with the relevant organisations as well as having specific experience of supporting parents or carers of a child with special needs.  Please contact them direct to discuss further details such as location and fees. 

Pamela Bartram
East Finchley, London N2. Tel: 07910 018972  Email: 
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapist 

Catherine de la Bedoyere
Surrey. Telephone: 01737 818000
Counsellor. BACP Accredited.  (Parents and Children)

Alison Bennett
Nr Ledbury, Herefordshire. Mobile: 07947624977 Email:  BACP Accredited.  (Parents and Teenagers)

Natasha Boxill
London.  Telephone: 07944 576566 Email:
Counsellor. BACP registered. (Parents and Children)

Karin Brauner 
Hove, East Sussex. Telephone: 07807 925589 Email: Counsellor. BACP Accredited. Bilingual (English/Spanish) (Parents and Children)

Vivienne Collis
London. Telephone: 07977 412488  Email:
Senior Accredited Counsellor. BACP registered.

Leanne Cowan
London.  Email:  
BPS registered  (Parents and Children)

Nigel Farmer
East Midlands, LE11 3BA.  Tel: 07788 712776  Email: BACP Accredited.  (Parents and Children)

Joanna Griffin
Telephone and online counselling. Tel: 07810 088260 Email: Chartered Counselling Psychologist, BPS, BACP, HCPC registered (Parents only)

Dr Lisa Honeyman
London and Hertfordshire.
Clinical Child Psychologist.  BPS registered. (Parents and Children)

Naomi Marston (Lifecare Counselling)
Kent, Sevenoaks and Westerham.  Telephone:  07904 091563 
Email:  Counsellor.
Registered with BACP.  (Parents and Parents-to-be only)

Nicola Mucklow
Cannock.  Telephone: 07985 425434 Email:
Counsellor.  Member of BACP. (Parents only)

Rachael Neville
London. Telephone: 07769 878722 Email:  BACP registered. (Parents and Children)

Jane Nicholls
Harrow, North West London. Telephone: 07716600335 Email: Counsellor. BACP registered and accredited. (Parents and adult children)

Jane Pyzniuk
Darwen, Lancashire.  Telephone: 07990 580356. Email:
Counsellor. Accredited with BACP. Registered with UKCP. (Parents only)

Pippa Rees
Oxford.  Telephone: 01865 728866.  Email:  Counsellor. Accredited with the BACP.  Previously an HCPC-registered Occupational Therapist. (Parents only)

Nelly St Leger
Cambridge, CB5 8AF. Telephone: 07780 536097 Email: Counsellor. Accredited with BACP. Previous SEN experience.(Parents and Children)

Felicity Tutton
Gloucester. Telephone: 07798 740388. Email:
Counsellor. BACP registered. Post-graduate diploma in SEN. (Parents and Children)

Caroline Wells
Surrey.  Telephone: 07730 013262  Email: 
Family therapist, UKCP registered (Parents and Children)

More professionals will be added onto the list in due course.  If you are a professional with relevant experience and would like to be included, please make contact via the website.

Affinityhub does not take responsibility for any of the professionals or organisations listed on this website. If you wish to receive further details or have any concerns over their practise you will need to contact them direct or their registration organisation.
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