Child & Adolescent Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

We are pleased to confirm the introduction of a specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) clinic for children and adolescents aged six years and above. Regular child and adolescent CBT clinics are held at our offices, with some limited home visits. Parents, teachers and other clinicians can make direct referrals by calling 01732 808 626 or by emailing

Child and Adolescent CBT Services

We provide specialist child and adolescent CBT for anxiety, OCD, trauma, depression, child phobias, Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorder. We also work with avoidance behaviour and school refusal, as well as general emotional and behavioural problems.

Depending on the age of the child, we normally encourage the full involvement of the parent and we are able to undertake home visits for highly anxious children. The length of sessions are 50/60 minutes depending on concentration levels and sessions are normally held on a weekly basis to maintain progress. Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy is a short-term intervention and treatment typically lasts for 8-20 sessions, depending on the severity of the problem.

Child and Adolescent Online Assessments

The following assessments can be used as screening tools for children's psychological problems. The results can be downloaded as a report via email and shared with your GP or another psychological health professional. These assessments can be used by parents or teachers to provide an indication of potential psychological problems,however the assessments cannot be used to provide a definitive diagnosis without a full psychological assessment.


Our Child and Adolescent CBT Specialists

Our child and adolescent CBT clinics are led by Roman Synczysz and Joanna Hogan. Roman and Joanna bring a wealth of experience as qualified and BABCP accredited Psychotherapists as well as their specialist training and experience with children and young people.


Roman Synczysz; has over 35 years’ experience in the field of psychological health and currently works on a part-time basis for the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Kent. In addition to his master’s level training in CBT, Roman has a background in learning disabilities where he first began his career as a mental health nurse in the 1980s in Lancashire in the north of England. Roman is a warm and engaging personality and he communicates in straight forward language that younger children and teenagers can understand and relate to. Roman holds a regular weekly child and adolescent clinic in Sevenoaks and is able to support a limited number of home visits for highly anxious children.

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Joanna Hogan; is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with a background in children and young people’s services, children's sleep work and primary school education. Joanna currently works part-time for the NHS as a CBT therapist. Joanna holds a regular weekly child and adolescent clinic in Sevenoaks - she has a gentle and persuasive style and works well with children aged eight years and above. In addition to her post-graduate CBT training, Joanna has undertaken specialist training in CBT for young people and in a “third-wave” form of CBT known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for young people. Joanna combines her work with children and young people, with general adult CBT and specialist family sleep work.

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Rhianna Watts; is an accredited Clinical Psychologist, working with children in Sevenoaks (TN13). She provides specialist psychological assessment and intervention for children, young people and their families who have experienced recent sexual assault / abuse or exploitation. Rhianna has previously worked with a Multi-Systemic Therapy Service (MST) and she has a special interest in working with the system (young people, parents, families and professionals). In addition, Rhianna has experience providing consultation, supervision and training, to psychologists and professionals.

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Ewelina Ahmed; is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, working with children using the CBT and DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) approach. Ewelina holds a regular weekly child and adolescent clinic in Leeds (LS15) and she specialises in delivering therapy for neurodiverse clients especially clients on the Autistic Spectrum. Ewelina is also interested in working with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Panic, OCD and Specific Phobia. Throughout her career, she has worked in community settings with children and young people, and in the past, she has worked at various mental health wards within forensic, acute, rehabilitation and eating disorder settings. Ewelina holds relevant DBS checks for working with both adults and children.

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Jennifer Wainman; is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, working with young people to address symptoms of Depression and / or Anxiety including Social Anxiety, Phobias, PTSD and Panic. Jennifer holds a regular weekly child and adolescent clinic in London. She has worked in education settings for the last 15 years, helping children that have struggled with Bereavement, Social and / or Emotional Communication which has in turn affected school, home and friendships. She explores the psychology behind symptoms and tries to figure out the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Jennifer also incorporates other approaches into her work; including CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy), Practitioner 123 Magic programme and ‘Surviving Your Adolescents’ Parent support programme.

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Helan Gidley; is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, working with children and young people, using CBT and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for emotional distress and self-harm. Helan holds a regular weekly child and adolescent clinic in Somerset (TA7); she is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and the last 11 years has been in CAMHS. She works with anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, past abuse, OCD and phobias. Helan’s therapeutic approach is person-centered, with its style suitable to meet the individuals own precise needs to empower change and help you move forward in your life.

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Hannah Byrne; has over 16 years’ experience working with young people and their families. Her background is a mixture of Educational Psychology, youth work, family support and attachment therapy. More recently, Hannah has worked for the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). She uses this range of experience to offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy underpinned by a solid knowledge of the challenges faced by young people and families.

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Leanne Groves; is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, working with children in Suffolk (CB8). As well as being a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Leanne is also a registered Occupational Therapist and she has worked in the NHS and private sector for 17 years across a range of healthcare settings including GP surgeries, outpatient clinics and inpatient wards. As a CBT therapist Leanne will work collaboratively with you to look at what you are experiencing, in a non-judgmental way. She will look how you would prefer things to be, what keeps your symptoms going and explore techniques and strategies in order to reduce symptoms.

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Lisa Blake; is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, working with children in London and Wales. Lisa incorporates different therapeutic approaches into her work where she feels these may be helpful of mindfulness, acceptance and commitment and motivational interviewing. Lisa uses these approaches either individually or in combination to provide a tailored approach to each client's individual needs and preferences. Where appropriate, Lisa will effectively and responsibly utilise humour within treatment. As well as the health benefits of humour, she feels it enhances the therapeutic alliance and increases trust.

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Katrina Tickle; is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, working with children using CBT. She takes pride in adapting and applying psychological principles with children in a fun and engaging way to support them to engage in the process. Katrina also has experience in working with parents in a collaborative way to support their children to find helpful coping strategies. In addition to her NHS role in a Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service, Katrina also runs a small private practice where she also offers therapeutic work to adults.

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Child and Adolescent Therapist Credentials

Our CBT specialists are fully accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), which means that they have demonstrated the gold standard in the practice of CBT in addition to specialist training in children’s psychotherapy. This sets us apart from other private CBT services and ensures that our client’s can trust in the professional expertise of the therapist.

Whilst there are a small number of individuals offering children’s counselling, we are the only specialist private CBT clinic for children and adolescents in West Kent.

Our Pricing Policy


As we operate on a commercially ethical basis, our services are typically 40% lower than other private CBT clinics and we work with all of the main UK insurance providers.
Our face to face CBT appointments are just £75 and there are no additional charges or hidden costs for parent / professional liaison.

Specialist CBT services for children and adolescents should only be delivered by qualified, BABCP accredited and experienced Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists. We believe that we are the only private clinic in West Kent that provides this guarantee.

If you want to find out more about our services or need informal advice on a specific case, please contact us by emailing