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Emotionally Based School Avoidance

Emotionally based school avoidance (sometimes called school refusal) refers to the situation when a pupil avoids going to school due to emotional distress, anxiety, or other mental health issues. It is a complex issue that can be caused by various factors.


These children may exhibit physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomach aches, when it is time to leave for school or even experience panic attacks. Their stress levels are often through the roof and anxiety disorders  or depression can take root. It is so important to address this issue as it can have a significant impact on the child's academic and social development.


I work very successfully with teens to help them overcome their symptoms and feel confident and calm enough to gradually get back into school or into classes. I use a variety of techniques including some NLP, CBT and positive psychology strategies alongside hypnosis. 


My background is in education. I spent 15 years as a teacher, Depute Head and Acting Head teacher before training as a therapist. I pride myself on creating really positive relationships with my clients and thoroughly enjoy working in the particular area. 


If you would like to chat to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! 

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