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Therapy for Children, Families and Schools Based in Kent

Dr Harriet Lane

DPsych Psych ACP
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Growing up can be more complex than we realise. Help is available to support families with a number of emotional and behavioural issues that are very common in children and young people.

About Harriet

About Harriet

Dr Harriet Lane Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

About Me

I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with over 16 years experience of working therapeutically with children, young people and families. My experience comes from working in NHS CAMHS services, local authority teams, charities, state and independent schools and with private clients.

My Work

I am an approachable and creative therapist and aim to create a safe space where complex feelings can be understood, even with the most reluctant children and young people.

I am experienced in treating a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems and can provide additional support such as consultation and assessments in addition to brief, medium and long-term therapy. I offer individual child sessions, parent support and family therapy. Throughout my career I have offered teaching, training and consultation to a wide range of professionals.

My Training and Research

I trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and am accredited with the Association of Child Psychotherapists, the professional body for child therapists in the UK. The doctoral training is in-depth, rigorous and takes a minimum of six years.

I have a special interest in adoption and have undertaken research about supervised contact for children in care. I am a therapist registered with a number of local authorities and provide therapy through the Post Adoption Fund. My therapeutic approach is influenced by child development research, psychoanalysis and attachment theory. I am also trained in offering Story Stem Assessment and Children’s Accelerated Trauma Therapy.

Qualifications and Accreditation

  • Bsc Hons – Social Psychology

  • PgDip – Psychotherapy Studies

  • MA – Psychoanalytic Observational Studies

  • MPsychPsych – Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

  • ACP – Full member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists

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Children and Teenagers

I offer individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children, teenagers and young adults up to 25 years old. For younger children I often use toys and creative materials. I am accredited to the ACP. 

I also offer Children's Accelerated Trauma Therapy (CATT), which is similar to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) but designed for children.

Parents and carers

I can support parents by offering sessions where together we think about your child and how best to support them through any difficulties they might be experiencing. I also offer family sessions to understand communication in the family and strengthen relationships.

Adoption support

I offer child psychotherapy and parent support, family sessions, life story work and Story Stem Assessments. My approach is relational and informed by attachment theory as well as developmental approaches and psychoanalytic theory.


I offer support that is tailored to the needs of a school such as therapeutic groups, consultation to staff, classroom observations, training, assessments and consultation to support an EHCP.

Social care

I provide supervision to social workers, reflective practice groups, direct assessment and intervention with Looked After Children and foster carers.


I am an experienced supervisor and can offer psychoanalytic supervision for other professionals.



What kind of therapy do you offer?

I specialise in working with children and adolescents to help them understand the underlying problem causing symptoms. In my experience this provides more long lasting relief from difficulties.

How much will it cost?

Fees vary depending on the type of work required and location. Feel free to contact me and we can discuss your requirements.

Where do you work?

I work in an inviting, child-centred therapy room based in Hythe, Kent.

What ages do you work with?

I work with very young children under five, through to young adults up to 25 years old. I also offer parent sessions.


Do you only work with severe difficulties?

Although my NHS training and experience has equipped me for working with serious mental health problems, I also work with mild and moderate emotional difficulties. Almost everyone can benefit from seeing a psychotherapist to help them understand themselves better.


Do you offer after school and evening appointments?



What if my child refuses to see a therapist?

I offer parent support sessions which can be beneficial in tackling the difficulties, and offers a space to think together about the problem your child is facing and how best to support them.


Children can be reluctant at first but once they have experienced the initial session they are usually relaxed and willing to continue.

How will I know if you are the right therapist for my child?

I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss the issues and to consider whether it might be worthwhile meeting for an initial introductory session. Following this I offer three further assessment sessions and a review to think together whether it would be helpful to continue.

Please feel free to contact me with any further questions which I would be happy to answer.



Please contact me using the form below and I will respond to you as soon as possible.


My consulting room is in Hythe, Kent, CT21

Online consultations are available where appropriate.

Thank you for contacting me. Please note that I am currently away from work and will return on 3rd October. I will respond as soon as I can when I return. Dr Harriet Lane

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