Leanne Cowan

Leanne Cowan

Leanne Cowan is an experienced and compassionate chartered clinical psychologist who has worked extensively with children and adults both within the NHS and privately. Leanne adopts a holistic approach in providing comprehensive psychological assessment, treatment, advice and support to individuals, families, schools and other professionals.


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Overcoming Adversity

Promoting Resilience As parents, we try and protect our children and keep them safe from physical, emotional and psychological harm.  Sometimes however, our children experience things which can be potentially harmful to their psychological development. This may be in relation to themselves or others that they are connected to.  These include trauma, violence, changes in family circumstances, physical illness or bereavement, accidents, disability, parents’

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Anger Management

Anger  – The Why, and What to do about it? Anger is a normal part of development and a signal that a child is feeling hurt, fearful, disappointed, in pain or vulnerable. When children feel these emotions they will revert back to a fight or flight response, becoming anxious and withdrawn or excessively angry.  Physical expression of anger is appropriate when there is a physical

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Bullying – How to spot it

Bullying – Why? and what to do about it Child bullying has always been a part of growing up! It is a serious problem in most schools, and it can be detrimental to a child’s confidence and in some instances their long term emotional or social adjustment. As you may have experienced first-hand, it is very painful to see a child being ignored or victimised

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Expressing Emotions – How to Help

Expressing Emotions – How to Help your Child Emotional regulation is hard for some children to maintain consistently.  Some children seem excessively anxious, angry, shy, sad or fearful.  While all children go through various stages of the above, some children need support to develop an understanding and strategies for appropriate expression of their emotions. You will need: Patience A feeling faces chart A hand

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ADHD in Children

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is common in children but is often diagnosed when the child’s behaviour may be due to other reasons.  There is no single test for ADHD and the exact cause of the condition is not known. Symptoms of childhood ADHD Children with ADHD show signs of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness in specific ways. Parents report that their children: Are easily

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Postnatal Depression

  What is Postnatal Depression?  The following information is provided by PND Support NW6 Postnatal depression (PND for short) is a type of depression that happens after having a baby. Depression can sometimes begin during pregnancy, but it would only be called postnatal depression if it continues after you have had your baby.  These feelings usually start within the first three months after having

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Happy Parents have Happier Children

Happy Parents have Happier Children TEN MINUTE CHALLENGE! Being a good enough parent involves loving our children but also caring for ourselves so that we have the energy to show our children how much we love them. We need to feel energetic enough to enjoy the good moments as well as meet the challenges and responsibility of being a parent. Every day, try and

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Educational Psychologist or Clinical Psychologist?

Educational Psychologist or Clinical Psychologist   What are the differences between an Educational Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist? An educational psychologist is trained in teaching and education while a clinical child psychologist is trained primarily in mental health.  Clinical psychologists often consult with schools as well as parents and use educational assessment and understanding as part of their work.   Both a clinical and educational psychologist

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Depression – Can Children Have it?

Can children really suffer from depression? Yes. We support many children, teenagers and their families who are experiencing depression.  The symptoms of depression are often more difficult to spot in children than in adults but it does exist and once diagnosed, is usually treated successfully. Childhood depression different from the everyday sad feelings that occur as a child develops.  Just because a child seems

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Psychological and Educational Assessment

What is a Psychological or Educational Assessment A psychological and/or educational assessment is a comprehensive assessment carried out by a qualified child psychologist, which is focused on a child’s emotional, cognitive, educational and social functioning and underlying strengths and difficulties that may be preventing your child from achieving their potential. Some reasons why parents request a psychological or educational assessment: A lack of motivation A

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