Dr Priya Vigneswaran

COVID19 Offering face to face sessions whilst observing government guidelines

I am a skilled and experienced clinical psychologist delivering high-quality services with excellent outcomes for young people and their families.  

I obtained my doctoral training from the Royal Holloway, University of London and the Tavistock Centre and my doctoral thesis undertook research at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. 
I have spent more than 10 years working with children and their families in the UK both in the public and private sector.
I specialise in working with families with children of all ages from babies to young children, adolescents and young adults. My training includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for young people; Narrative Therapy; Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy; Family Therapy; Child Psychotherapy. I conduct specialist assessment and therapy with young people with Autism and Social Communication Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

As  the founder of the South-East London Therapists Network for practitioners in private practice and supervises junior colleagues I work in close association with a network of experienced psychiatrists, clinical and educational psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and adult and family therapists. My practice adheres to the ethical standards of practice as established by the British Psychological Societyand I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health Professions Council as well as a Member of the Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice (ACHIPP).
Reasons why people may come to see me include: 
Support for Children and Young People:

  • Shyness or withdrawal
  • Separation anxiety
  • Worry and anxiety (including panic attacks, phobias and Obsessive Compulsive traits)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sleep problems
    Mood swings
    Low mood and depression
  • Low self-esteem
    Self-harm
  • Perfectionism
  • Eating disorders (anorexia nervosa and bulimia) in children, and young people)
  • Conduct and behaviour problems at home and school
  • Family/relationship issues (e.g. Parental separation or divorce; Parental depression; Parent-child relationship difficulties; Sibling rivalry; Pre- and Post adoption support; Life story work
  • School-based difficulties (e.g. peer relationships, bullying, social media issues, attendance, examination stress/anxiety)
  • Adaptation to life events (e.g. the arrival of siblings, divorce, bereavement, chronic illness)
  • Assessment and behavioural management of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Behavioural management of ADHD

Support for Parents

  • birth preparation
  • postnatal depression & birth trauma
  • coping with pregnancy and a new baby
  • sleep issues & feeding problems with a young child or infant
  • Non-compliance – Temper tantrums – Feeding difficulties, including selective or “fussy” eating
  • toileting issues
  • separation anxiety
  • Bonding and Attachment difficulties
  • behavioural problems

How it works: First meeting:When we first meet we will get a detailed understanding of your concerns about your child as well as some background information.  This will give us the chance to think about what type of therapy will best suit your needs. 
Individual therapy

Therapy with younger children works to engage them in a playful way using drawings, toys, playdoh etc. to help children express their feelings and worries. Parents are usually present for these sessions to support the young person and so they can help implement the work at home. 
Therapy with adolescents and parents tends to be talking and the teaching of relevant strategies, depending on the nature of the problem. When meeting with an older child or adolescent we can meet without the parent present but parents are still kept actively involved where relevant and regularly updated at review sessions. 
I develop a collaborative and respectful partnership with all individuals and families that places families as the expert on their lives and honours the skills, experience, and knowledge that everyone brings with them. 
Using a problem-solving approach I draw on people’s own skills and strengths and my expertise to develop personalised strategies. Often the therapy will involve some things to try between sessions. This allows young people and their families to take control of their own wellbeing and usually enhances progress more quickly. The course of the therapy varies according to the individual or family needs, and the severity of the problem but this will be regularly reviewed with you. 
Assessment
Sometimes further assessment of your child is needed before we begin therapy. There are various types of assessments, which may include an observation of your child in their school, nursery, or home as well as input from other professionals and/or the use of psychological testing. You will be consulted about this process before any information is requested or shared with third parties.
Confidentiality:
The meetings are strictly confidential, within the boundaries of safeguarding (ie. unless I am concerned that you or other people are in immediate danger , in which case I will discuss with you informing the appropriate external agencies). I also keep written records of sessions. This information is securely kept and solely for my use. The details will not be passed onto anyone else without your permission.I may discuss aspects of our work with colleagues during professional supervision but will keep identifying details anonymous.Fees to be discussed