Sea Psychotherapy... a specialist service offering psychodynamic psychotherapy to young people and adults who are experiencing difficulties affecting their emotional and/or psychological well-being. This can manifest in a number of ways, some of which are identified below. 

Psychotherapy is not about giving advice, providing solutions, managing behaviour or 'fixing' things, although it does bring about  change. Jeanine provides a space to reflect together, make sense of and manage life experiences and transitions with specialist support. She has helped people who have experienced the following:

         Children in care           Ill health        Death anxiety 

Anxiety                      Low mood                Anger

                    Sexuality      Aggression      
Sleep disturbances    Gender identity

       Sex              Divorce            LGBTQ+ themes    

                                        Relationship difficulties
                              Depression                   Obsessions

          Compulsions             Lies        Stealing

     Disordered eating       Suicidal thoughts      Autism  

       Rejection                Self injury      Addiction

  Sexual abuse                         Post traumatic stress

                    Domestic abuse      Ritualistic behaviour 

    Bereavement                   Low self esteem

                            Problems associated with alcohol & drugs       Nightmares
Risk taking           Violence           Stress

     Rejection           Social withdrawal          Fears/phobias  
    Sexualized behaviour                     ADHD
       School refusal      Unexplained physical symptoms

        Paranoia                             Family experiences 

Supporting parent/carers and families

Parents and carers can find it valuable to have someone to think with about their experience of caring for a child who is struggling. In turn, children can find it valuable to know that their parent/carer is thinking about them and sharing the responsibility of trying to make things better.

As well as working individually with young people, Jeanine also works with parents and carers, sometimes individually, sometimes in joint sessions with their child, or sometimes with the family as a whole.

Children’s difficulties can bring up unresolved issues for parents/carers which can trigger difficult emotional responses. They may feel blamed, stigmatised, unloved or misunderstood when their children are experiencing problems of an emotional, psychological or behavioural nature. This can remind them of their own negative or traumatic experiences (as a child or adult) and it can also provoke new, difficult to manage emotions. Many parents/carers find it helps to have a space to reflect on their feelings with an attentive 'other' and this can bring about positive change in their own life and in their relationship with their child.

Jeanine Connor © 2023 (update)