Psychological therapy for children,
teenagers and families
Dr Clare Watson
Hello! I’m Clare, I am a (Clinical Psychologist) and I work part-time with teenagers in London based charity.
Can you tell me a bit about you?
I studied clinical psychology at the University of Hertfordshire where I worked with children, young people and adults of all ages and from different backgrounds. After working in the NHS for many years before training I now work mostly with teenagers, findings creative ways to help them with their difficulties. During my work I have come to appreciate how important it is to understand a person within their culture, community and upbringing.
What will it be like when I meet you?
Being a young person can be a difficult time where you are working out who you are and what you want from life. When we meet, we can take time to get to know each other and you can ask me lots of questions if you want! I will be interested to get to know you are a person and hear about your strengths and skills, as well as any difficulties you want help with and goals I can help you achieve.
What types of therapy do you use and what kind of difficulties do you help people with?
I am experienced in supporting children, young people and families with a range of difficulties including low mood, anxiety, school refusal, low self-esteem, self-harm, stress, anger and relationship difficulties. I am also experienced in providing therapy to overcome traumatic life events and coping with difficult transitions and loss.
The psychological models I use to do this include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness, Narrative and Systemic approaches.
What do you enjoy outside of psychology?
I like to spend my time doing yoga, travelling, cooking and spending time with friends and family. I am a creative person and love going to exhibitions and seeing live music.