Therapy Services

WillisPalmer has a team of highly experienced therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists available to provide a range of therapies – helping children and families with their emotional, mental and behavioural needs.


Our aim is to enable children to fulfil their potential and help them to develop healthy and positive relationships. We offer therapeutic services, consultation and assessments to young people and their carers and provide a wide range of therapeutic approaches to support children, their families and network around them:

We have a range of qualified therapists able to work with children and their families to address a broad array of issues:

Art therapy

Art therapy uses materials as a ‘vehicle’ to express emotions, thoughts and psychological states of mind. It is ideally suited for therapeutic work with children, as its non-verbal emphasis resonates well with a child’s likeliness to express themselves through imagery, colour and form. In this sense it has a wide application, meeting a range of needs across different client groups. For example, the adolescent with anger issues is able to access profound feelings of grief through a symbolic use of colour and visual metaphor.

– Play therapy

Play therapy, like art therapy, uses a creative approach to helping children solve emotional and behavioural problems. Through this, children are able to ‘play out’ their issues, using a variety of props such as toys, sand-play and puppets. This therapy could assist with improved verbal communication, the ability for self-monitoring, reduced anxiety and improvement in the ability to trust in and relate to others.

– Theraplay

Theraplay is a child and family therapy focusing on building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others and joyful engagement. It is based on natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child.

– Systemic therapy

Systemic therapy seeks to understand the individual as part of a ‘relationship’, rather than in isolation. The individual is regarded as part of a ‘larger unit’ or system, such as a couple, family or community.

The process helps to uncover the ways in which individuals communicate and behave within a unit or system, and focuses on understanding and recognising unhealthy relationship patterns. This allows individuals to learn how to recognise patterns for themselves, and apply them to their unit or system. This therapy is used to explore issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship issues and low self-esteem.

– Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual’s well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviours, beliefs, thoughts or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills.

– Behavioural therapy

This therapy is focused on human behaviour and looks to eradicate unwanted or maladaptive behaviour. Typically, this type of therapy is used for those with behavioural problems or mental health conditions that involve unwanted behaviour. Examples of this include addictions, anxiety, phobias or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

– Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy places emphasis on the role that thoughts play in regard to emotions and behaviours. It stresses that altering thoughts can have a significant effect, changing behaviour.

It is highly effective when providing relief in mood, anxiety and behavioural disorders. When used with children, the therapist will often work in liaison with the family to adapt individualized treatment plans. The aim here is to help children learn new problem-solving skills while they increase their confidence and sense of self-esteem.

– Life story work

The objective of life story work is to create a secure base for the looked-after child to explore their past, present and future. Life story work is an important way of helping a child to integrate their past into the present, in order to help them to move into the future.

– Solution-focused therapy 

A therapy based on solution-building rather than problem-solving, predominantly exploring an individual’s current resources and future hopes – helping them to look forward and use their own strengths to achieve their goals.

Solution-focused therapy concentrates solely on an individuals strengths and possibilities to help them move forward. It works by helping them overcome problems without tackling them directly – using the solution-building concept to foster change and help individuals to develop a set of clear, concise and realistic goals. It is the role of a solution-focused therapist to help elicit and implement these solutions via a series of discussions.

– Family therapy

Family therapy brings parents, siblings and extended family members such as aunts, uncles and grandparents into the treatment process. The family system has its own structure and patterns of communication, which may be defined by parenting style, personalities and other influences.

Every individual is, in part, a product of the environment they grew up in. Family plays an important role in our emotional, physical and spiritual development since each individual in the family system impacts and is impacted by the others. For example, one person’s illness can change the lives and interactions of all the other family members.

Make a Referral

To make a referral regarding WP’s therapy services simply call us on 01206 878178 or email us here