Lucy Canning

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

MA, FD, Dip, Dip, Cert, Cert, UKCP, MBACP

Lucy Canning

Lucy’s approach is relational, warm and compassionate. She integrates talking, the arts, somatic experiencing, and management techniques within her approach, depending on the needs of the young person she is working with. Lucy’s theoretical approach is integrative and trauma informed, she pulls on theories from a Psychodynamic and Humanist approach, in addition to elements from Body Psychotherapy and Neuroscience.  Consequently, Lucy has helped many children and young people to be able to express and work through what previously may have felt like untouchable and unbearable amounts of pain.

Lucy has worked therapeutically with children, adolescents and young adults for over 15 years both in the UK and in the Middle East. She has a great deal of experience, which spans working with hard to reach children and young people whose issues and behaviour have meant they have been marginalised by society, to working with privately educated young people who are headed to the UK’s leading universities.

Currently, Lucy works as a lead trainer and therapist. This role involves meeting with school leadership teams to ascertain their pastoral needs, then writing mental health programmes accordingly. Lucy also works as a therapist for a leading International School. Within this role she offers supervision and consultation to the pastoral lead and the school counsellors, in addition to working clinically with the pupils.

PPreviously, Lucy has worked as a counsellor and therapist for the Place2be, Kids Company and ISP, which is an independent fostering organisation who support looked after children. She has also set up a counselling service in an alternative provision (PRU) in Southwark and worked therapeutically with young people excluded from mainstream education. In addition, Lucy has worked for EACH and HAGAM, London based Charites that support young people and adults affected by substance misuse related problems. Whilst at EACH, Lucy set up and co-ordinated counselling services and worked therapeutically in numerous schools and colleges. At HAGAM Lucy worked with young adults with substance misuse problems.

In the Middle East, Lucy set up a counselling service in one of the leading British Private Schools in Qatar. She worked therapeutically within the school with Third Culture Kids from, British, Middle Eastern and Asian nationalities. Lucy also worked closely with the external mental health agencies in Qatar, referring to them when appropriate.  


MA Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (Terapia / Middlesex University), Cert and Dip Therapeutic Counselling with Adolescents (IATE), Dip Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts (IATE), Fda Counselling (Harrow College / Middlesex University), BPS Approved Cert in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Adolescents (SDS Seminars)

Multiple attendance of continual professional development in a Resource-Orientated approach to stress and Trauma (Merete Holm Brantbierg, Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapy) somatic trauma psychotherapy therapy (Babette Rothschild, Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre)

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