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Educational Psychotherapy

Educational Psychotherapy is a high level specialist intervention that supports children and young people's learning.  It is based on psychoanalytic and attachment theories.

It takes place in school where children and young people are seen in an environment familar to them and their families.  This can avoid long waiting lists and offers a great opportunity for teachers, parents/carers and other involved agencies to work collaboratively.

For more information please see our FAQs page.

How can Educational Psychotherapists help?


Educational Psychotherapists help pupils to learn, achieve and develop resilience.  We work with children to remove emotional barriers to learning. This may be one-to-one or in groups. 

Educational Psychotherapists help school staff understand and address challenging and disengaged behaviour.  We support school staff in thinking about pupils' behaviour and how to meet their needs.


In early 2022, we asked some EPTs about Educational Psychotherapy: how it helps pupils, what it meant to them, how it's different from other approaches and why they'd recommend training with the Caspari Foundation.  Read some of their answers here.


Through their writings over the years, distinguished practitioners have crystallised thinking about the underpinning theory of Educational Psychotherapy.

Educational Psychotherapy in the Community (EPIC)

Does psychotherapy work?


Empirical evidence supports the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy.  People who receive psychodynamic psychotherapy often continue to improve after the end of the intervention.


Source: Shedler, J. (2010) 'The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy', American Psychologist, vol. 65, no. 2, pp. 98-109

Source:  Midgley, N., Mortimer, R., Cirasola, A., Batra, P. & Kennedy, E. (2020) The evidence-base for
psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents: An update and
narrative synthesis. Available to download via the ACP website.

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