Dr. Khuzuma Akhtar
D. Ch. Psych. Psych. - Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist
Overcoming Problems Through Understanding
I support children, adolescents and families to build stronger relationships and live happier lives, through efficient and effective therapy and counselling in a safe and confidential environment.
I am the founder of K A Psychotherapy. I have over 13 years of experience of working with children and families within the NHS and education settings. This includes Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services in London and the Midlands, specialist schools and adolescent services (both inpatient and outpatient). I work with young people (aged 0-25) who are experiencing problems, their families and professionals involved in their care. My practice is based in Central Harrow, North-West London. I qualified at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic, London. I am registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists, which is the main professional body for UK Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists and is registered with the Professional Standards Authority.
What is Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy?
Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (also known as "Child Psychotherapy") is a form of treatment which seeks to understand the experiences of infants, children and adolescents. It is grounded in psychoanalytic thinking, which focuses on the underlying factors that might be impacting on an individual's life.
Which Problems Does it Treat?
Child Psychotherapy is used to treat a wide range of psychological, emotional, social and behavioural problems. This includes (but is not limited to):
- anxiety and stress
- anger management
- low self-esteem
- eating difficulties
- attachment difficulties
- coping with divorce or parental separation
- family relationship problems
- friendship difficulties
- troubles at school
- unresolved issues from the past
- post-traumatic symptoms
- learning disabilities
- Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
How I Work
I help young people to share their thoughts and feelings, through individual therapy or group therapy with other children or adolescents. During sessions, young people can talk, draw and write. Children can also play. Using my specialist knowledge of child development and expertise in careful observation, I assist young people to understand what they may be communicating through their play and their behaviour. Through such understanding, children and adolescents begin to make sense of and develop the ability to reflect on their experiences. This helps them to improve the way that they think about themselves, and the way that they think about and behave with others. It also enables them to have better relationships with others and to make better use of opportunities that arise in the future.
The work usually begins with an assessment to help us to gain an understanding of what the key issues for therapy are. The assessment is followed by a review where feedback and a treatment plan are discussed. Therapy sessions last for fifty minutes and occur at the same time and on the same day each week, to maintain consistency and regularity.
I also specialise in counselling parents to understand their child's communications and behaviour, which can support them to have greater relationships with their child. I meet with parents individually or as a couple. Where their child or young adolescent is in therapy, I meet with parents during the course of the treatment for review meetings to think about how the therapy is going. I work with parents in groups too, and I run workshops about different issues regarding parenting, or themed around child and adolescent development and disorders.
Training, Qualifications and Experience
I hold both a professional qualification and doctorate in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy from the Tavistock Clinic (London). I also possess a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies and a BSc. (HONS) in Psychology.
I provide consultation and training to professional services that work with children. I have also taught and lectured on courses for other professionals, regarding psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches to understanding the experiences of children and families. My other expertise include: evidence-based interventions (e.g. Under 5s Brief Model, Long Term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy), specialist assessments (generic, mental health, state of mind and risk assessments), working with a wide range of presenting problems which vary in severity and comorbidity, outcome measures and research.
Fees are based on a sliding scale, depending on income. Please contact for more details.