Child Clinical Psychologist, Therapist & Counselling by Dr India Whitehouse

I am passionate, about working with children, young people and families. Using practical therapeutic techniques, I help them to use the difficulties that may be impacting their life and studies, such as depression, self-harm, eating disorders and anxiety, as opportunities, to develop more happiness, vitality, and success. My strength, is my ability to offer insight, compassion, unconditional support, and practical solutions, by working with children and families, to implement simple, but highly effective techniques, to overcome their difficulties.

What I can help with

I am highly skilled in assessing children, who are experiencing social and relational difficulties, emotional problems, including anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, and adjustment problems.  I can also help with bullying, eating disorders, and a range of adolescent mental health issues.

Patient Comments

“I’d like to thank you India for all your work done with him so far and your advice. He is much better, calmer and emotionally stronger.”

Parent of a psychology client

“Thank you SO much for all your magic – I know that [my son] has worked on this himself but we couldn’t have done it without you – so huge thanks. He is a joy to be with now and long may it continue!”

Parent of a 9 year old with with anger problems

“From our first conversation on the phone I felt Dr Whitehouse had the capability to ask the right questions and made me feel at ease. During our first meeting I was also very impressed with how she handled our son who is very selective with people… we now have a much happier child…since visiting Dr Whitehouse my son’s behaviour has improved noticeably and I am very grateful for her work. I would happily recommend her services to others.”

Parent of a psychology client

“You have changed my life!”

An 11 year old psychology client

“He is like a different child, it has been so eye opening, I’m really enjoying him.”

Mother of a six year old with a phobia of thunder that led him to vomit

“…she said she found the session really helpful, please can you let us know when you can see her again..”

Mother of an adolescent girl

“Thank you SO much for the report, it was so helpful and insightful…”

Mother of boy with anger problems

“Thank you for all your help. We are so grateful that you put yourself out for us so much and have been so touched by your caring approach. You will change a lot of people’s lives for the better.”

Mother of an 11 year old boy with anxiety and behavioural difficulties

“wherever you go go with all your heart.”

Beautiful book mark from a boy I helped with a Confucious quote

“You have gone above and beyond to help {my daughter} and I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it.”

Mother of a fourteen year old girl with anxiety

“Thank you for the report it was brilliant- it described {my daughter} and her difficulties to a tee.”

Mother of 15 year old girl with sensory overload and anxiety

“If it means anything you have been my favourite therapist and I’ve had ten!”

17 year old girl with anxiety

“A massive thank you for everything you have done for {my daughter} over the past year, you have helped and guided her immensely and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it…”

Mother of a 17 year old with sensory difficulties and anxiety

“We wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for your support over the last few months.

We came to you after several years seeking support form a variety of health and mental care professionals, without ever feeling like we were getting to the bottom of (our son’s) anxieties and behavioural issues. He was more desperately anxious than ever, and it felt like we had reached crisis point as a family.

You immediately managed to make sense of his complex and sometimes subtle set of symptoms. Where professionals had previously dismissed autism, you were able to quickly identify Asperger’s traits as the underlying cause for Oscar’s anxiety and behavioural issues. You were the first person who was able to explain things form his point of view. You did this with so much kindness and understanding and empathy, and you helped us find effective strategies and coping mechanisms to help him and our family unit. You also provided us with a wealth of helpful resources and information, and proactively met with his school to ensure a consistency of understanding and approaches.

We cannot thank you enough. Meeting you has been a real turning point for our family. Thanks to your deep understanding of his symptoms, your expertise and your empathy, he is in a much happier place, and we feel better equipped than ever to support him and deal with any future bumps in the road. We now feel like we have reconnected with the person who was struggling beneath a huge mountain of anxieties. Thanks to you, we are confident that he has a bright future ahead of him.

We feel blessed to have found you.”

Mother of a ten year old boy

“You guide me to knowing myself and where I need to go to feel better rather than telling me where to go and that works for me.”

13 year old girl with complex post traumatic stress disorder

Areas of Special Interest

Systemic (Family) Therapy

Systemic (Family) Therapy

Often difficulties children have, might be inadvertently perpetuated or precipitated, by patterns of family behaviour.

No parent wittingly creates, or perpetuates, distress in their child, but sometimes unconscious, ways of relating to children, might lead to this. I am skilled, in unpicking with families, how styles of relating, beliefs and expectations, and/or learned ways of being, might exacerbate children’s difficulties. By assessing these, ways of relating within families, can be taught, which help children. An example, is of a thirteen year old girl referred to me with anxiety and low mood whose family, felt she was negative and anxious. After assessing, the whole family, I felt, it might be that, family sessions might lessen her sense, that she was the negative, anxious one. This was achieved by helping her acknowledge, there were dynamics in the way they as a family, might inadvertently compound her negativity, due to wanting her to be happy, by picking her up on being negative. The goal was therefore a family one, to lessen their possible unwitting perpetuation of her negativity, by lessening their tendency, to pick her up on being negative. In addition, being lighter about her negativity, by for example lightly saying, ‘oh, there is negative Nelly again!’ The lessened focus, on her, of being ‘the negative one’, thus lessened, this attitude and behaviour.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Another approach of mine, is a style of intervention, called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).  This is an evidence-based intervention, that identifies and modifies, a child’s or adolescent’s, self-defeating ways of thinking.

When a young person, experiences negative self-talk, in the form of self-critical thoughts or worries, I work with them, to create more realistic thinking styles, which lessen their anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. I enjoy the problem-solving components of CBT, and the fact that brief therapy, provides effective techniques, which can be used immediately, by young people to enhance their life skills, focus, and attention, on the present, friendships and happiness.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Unconditional Positive Regard

Unconditional Positive Regard

I also use an approach called ‘unconditional positive regard,’ which means accepting the child unconditionally, no matter what they think, feel, say or do. This creates a safe therapeutic environment, to create a set of agreements, each week, that reflect young peoples’ individual needs. These can include, learning a type of social skill, assertiveness to address bullying, replacing self-critical thinking styles, with more self-accepting thoughts, and behavioural strategies, to increase self-confidence.

Parenting Strategies

When working with younger children, I integrate individual CBT, with parenting techniques, including strategies, for managing and changing, challenging behaviour and tantrums.

Parenting Strategies

Brain Difficulties

Brain Difficulties

I have often used the work of Dr Daniel Amen, who identifies social and emotional difficulties, as brain problems, which can be addressed with the correct approaches. The adolescents I work with, find that identifying their anxiety, and social challenges, as brain difficulties, and patterns, which can be changed, lessens the stigma and shame, often associated with these types of problem.  Using these techniques, has inspired them, to rapidly change, the quality of their lives.

“Thank you [India] SO much for all your magic – I know that [my son] has worked on this himself but we couldn’t have done it without you – so huge thanks. He is a joy to be with now and long may it continue!” – Parent of a child with an anger problem

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