Children, Young People and Families 

Children & Young People Emotional Wellbeing & Resilience Support

You may be noticing your child struggling with confidence, low self esteem, worry, anxiety, sadness or fear and you’ve done everything you possibly can to respond to how they’re feeling but as a parent you’re now feeling stuck. You want to see your child flourish and grow with emotional resilience but feel you don’t have the tools to do this. My mission and passion is in empowering children, young people and families to thrive and supporting parents to feel safe in responding to their child’s emotional needs.  Supporting the formation of strong, healthy family relationships. In working with children and young people to understand their strengths & qualities, they can feel empowered in understanding and developing their emotional resilience. In providing you with a safe relationship within which you can learn and grow in responding to your child’s emotional needs, strong healthy family relationships are forged. 

With 21 years professional experience in mental health and emotional wellbeing, including child and adolescent mental health, I am highly skilled in working therapeutically with your child or young person when they are struggling emotionally with anxiety, emotional overwhelm, grief, loss and difficult transitions in life impacting on their emotional wellbeing. My knowledge, skills and experience are the foundation for a bespoke package of emotional resilience support for your children and you as a family. 

My approach to working with you and your child/young person is heavily influenced by my skills and training in Developmental Attachment Therapy; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Theraplay; Solution Focused Therapy and Family and systemic therapy. I incorporate all of this skill knowledge and experience in my program of support for building on the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children who may be struggling, alongside supporting you as parents. My extensive specialist training in Attachment, the impact of trauma on brain development and emotional regulation, dissociation, emotional regulation and therapeutic parenting for all children including those fostered and adopted, all underpin my understanding of the impact of emotional distress and stressors for children and young people.

Having been trained by Dr Dan Hughes in his approach, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), I draw on this heavily in my work with children and young people and as such am also a trusted training provider for local authorities in the UK in this approach. In this approach parenting with P.A.C.E (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) is the foundation by which I will help you to think and respond differently to your child’s emotions, coupled with a positive psychology based approach in positive parenting.  



What to Expect

It is important to clarify that this package of support is not provided online. I provide direct support for children locally to me here in France 16700.

If you are a parent/guardian/foster carer/grandparent who is parenting, seeking support please go to the bottom of this page for details of my membership ‘My Thriving Family Network’ and the support I offer within that membership which would be of benefit to you. 

Working with children and young people requires a larger package of support than working with adults alone.

You will have a Free call with me to discuss what the immediate concerns are and whether what I offer is what you are needing for your child or young person. If not I will help direct you to the right resources.

If we agree to proceed then the package commences with a comprehensive consultation with you as parents, to understand the full history and your current concerns . This will be an hour and half in duration and will not include the child/young person at this stage. This consultation is structured and provides me with as much information as possible to truly understand the best approach when working individually with children & young people and you!

We then have a family meeting where your child has the opportunity to meet with me with the support of you . It’s a great opportunity for them to start getting to know me, explore the space they’ll be meeting me in and to ask me anything they want. I will also explain what we will be doing together. 

I will work individually with your child over 6 sessions to focus on helping them understand and manage the difficulties they have been experiencing. Alongside these 6 sessions you will have calls with me for advice and support. After every 2 sessions I will provide a summary of the sessions and advice on how to understand the content and respond to your child’s needs.

On completion of those 6 sessions we will have a parent consultation so that I can feedback to you,  and I will provide advice and support on how to proceed as a family. However, there may be the need to continue with a small number of sessions and it is at this point we will jointly decide upon this.



What do I support children and young people with?

  • Anxiety and overwhelm
  • Grief and Loss.
  • Struggles in trying to understand and manage certainty in uncertain times
  • Difficult life changes impacting on emotions (divorce, separation, moving away from their home country for example)
  • Emotional overwhelm – an abundance of difficult emotions which aren’t completely clear for parents to understand

“Helen is amazing! My son was really struggling…coming out of lockdown with his anger. Our goals were to help my son manage his anger. Helen has done this and more! She has given my son the tools by which to recognise his anger early and manage it. She has given my husband and I a different approach to parenting him and she has supported us as a family .She is simply wonderful.  ( Lindsey Hewson, 2020)

‘My Thriving Family Network’ Membership

Not all children need to be seen individually. In my experience if parents have the knowledge and tools by which to feel empowered to support their children, change can happen for children and families before difficulties reach such a level that parents feel at a loss in how to respond to their child’s emotions.

Having this fantastic and unique opportunity to join my parents membership network you will receive teaching/training, information and advice on all aspects of parenting for emotional wellbeing and resilience. Benefiting from being in a supportive learning environment providing you with knowledge and tools to understand how to support emotional resilience in your children, you will feel encouraged and reassured within this community of parents and held by a highly skilled professional.

You’re probably expecting a high cost for this!

BUT for just €17 per month, that’s 55cents a day, (and the exchange rate at the time for other currencies), you will receive my direct teaching/training, information and advice on all aspects of parenting for emotional wellbeing and resilience in children and young people. You will be in a supportive community, your own private members area on this website and a private community group on Facebook, with direct access to me for live Q&A sessions and advice, joining other parents in similar circumstances and building on your knowledge to help your family thrive. Interested? Please contact me directly for more information and the next ‘intake’ date. 





Helen Ferguson Psychotherapist

Childhood, Complex, CPTSD Trauma Healing & Sexual Abuse Recovery

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