Lucy Russell

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
I am a clinical psychologist with many years of experience working with children and families, both in the NHS (National Health Service) and in private practice. My two children are fourteen and eleven.
The aim of the site is to share my parenting values and help you understand child development with manageable advice for a happy child.

Parenting Support

Resilient and Confident Teens: An Expert Guide
Resilient and Confident Teens: An Expert Guide

Resilient and Confident Teens: An Expert Guide In this guest post by Dr Rose Aghdami, Chartered Psychologist and Resilience Specialist, learn how...

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Anxiety symptoms in children
Anxiety symptoms in children

Anxiety symptoms in children Since I left the National Health Service in 2012, I have been running Everlief, the child psychology clinic I founded...

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Sleep problems in children
Sleep problems in children

This article looks at sleep problems in children aged four to sixteen.

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Refreshing Your Child’s Lockdown Learning Routine
Refreshing Your Child’s Lockdown Learning Routine

Refreshing Your Child’s Lockdown Learning Routine In our series of guest posts, this time teacher Vicky Collins gives you some tips for...

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How Much is Too Much Screen Time?
How Much is Too Much Screen Time?

How Much is Too Much Screen Time? In this guest post, chartered educational psychologist Dr Katie MacPhee discusses the latest research and...

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Five Parenting Lessons I Have Learned From Lockdown
Five Parenting Lessons I Have Learned From Lockdown

Five Parenting Lessons I Have Learned From Lockdown You may know that in my clinic, Everlief, I offer therapeutic support to children and young...

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Five Top Tips for Surviving Lockdown with your Five Year-old.
Five Top Tips for Surviving Lockdown with your Five Year-old.

Five Top Tips for Surviving Lockdown with your Five Year-old. In the second of a series of teachers’ guest blogs, early years teacher...

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How to Help Your Child Feel Positive About Home-schooling
How to Help Your Child Feel Positive About Home-schooling

In the first of a series of guest posts, teacher Fatema Patel talks about how to help your child feel positive about home-schooling. How to Help...

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5 tips for togetherness and family fun during coronavirus lockdown
5 tips for togetherness and family fun during coronavirus lockdown

5 tips for togetherness and family fun during coronavirus lockdown How many weeks have we been in lockdown? I have lost track. If your family is...

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Free online educational resources for children
Free online educational resources for children

Free online education resources The link between structure and wellbeing When times are difficult, routines and structure make children feel safe...

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Help with Anxiety

Anxiety symptoms in children
Anxiety symptoms in children

Anxiety symptoms in children Since I left the National Health Service in 2012, I have been running Everlief, the child psychology clinic I founded...

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Worry and anxiety about coronavirus
Worry and anxiety about coronavirus

Worry and anxiety about coronavirus Your worry and anxiety about coronavirus is normal and understandable Increased worry and stress at this...

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When your child feels too anxious to go to school
When your child feels too anxious to go to school

When your child feels too anxious to go to school The cost of school anxiety Having a child too anxious to go to school can be crippling, both for...

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Building Resilience in Children
Building Resilience in Children

Building Resilience in Children It is normal for a child to struggle at certain points in time. This doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with her...

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Self-esteem in children and teenagers
Self-esteem in children and teenagers

Many children seem to feel more powerless and less confident than ever, and under-equipped to handle life’s ups and downs. Read about why, and...

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Anxiety in Children and Teenagers
Anxiety in Children and Teenagers

Anxiety is the most common mental health problem reported by children of all ages. Managing worry and anxiety is a skill we develop as we...

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Help with psychological wellbeing

Anxiety symptoms in children
Anxiety symptoms in children

Anxiety symptoms in children Since I left the National Health Service in 2012, I have been running Everlief, the child psychology clinic I founded...

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Sleep problems in children
Sleep problems in children

This article looks at sleep problems in children aged four to sixteen.

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Coronavirus: Loss and grief in children and teenagers
Coronavirus: Loss and grief in children and teenagers

Coronavirus: Loss and grief in children and teenagers Following on from my article on worry and anxiety about coronavirus, another huge current...

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Worry and anxiety about coronavirus
Worry and anxiety about coronavirus

Worry and anxiety about coronavirus Your worry and anxiety about coronavirus is normal and understandable Increased worry and stress at this...

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What to do if your child is struggling with the transition to secondary school
What to do if your child is struggling with the transition to secondary school

What to do if your child is struggling with the transition to secondary school This post has been written at the end of January, half way through...

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What to do if your child says they are being bullied
What to do if your child says they are being bullied

What to do if your child says they are being bullied at school A child or teenager who bullies does so because she feels insecure or not good...

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Low mood and depression in children
Low mood and depression in children

Depression in children and teenagers Depression in children and adolescents may not look the same as depression in adults. It can affect children...

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Why Values Are Important For Children
Why Values Are Important For Children

The connection between strong values and mental health: Why values are important for children. It might surprise you that I connect values, morals...

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Building Resilience in Children
Building Resilience in Children

Building Resilience in Children It is normal for a child to struggle at certain points in time. This doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with her...

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Self-esteem in children and teenagers
Self-esteem in children and teenagers

Many children seem to feel more powerless and less confident than ever, and under-equipped to handle life’s ups and downs. Read about why, and...

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Help with Anger

Anger Issues in Children and Teenagers
Anger Issues in Children and Teenagers

Anger is a perfectly normal emotion but possibly one which parents find the most difficult to manage. Children find it difficult to put into...

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Help with Attention and Concentration

How to Help Your Child Feel Positive About Home-schooling
How to Help Your Child Feel Positive About Home-schooling

In the first of a series of guest posts, teacher Fatema Patel talks about how to help your child feel positive about home-schooling. How to Help...

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Teenagers and Kids with Attention Problems
Teenagers and Kids with Attention Problems

Many children seem to feel more powerless and less confident than ever, and under-equipped to handle life’s ups and downs. Read about why, and...

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Help with Self-Esteem

Resilient and Confident Teens: An Expert Guide
Resilient and Confident Teens: An Expert Guide

Resilient and Confident Teens: An Expert Guide In this guest post by Dr Rose Aghdami, Chartered Psychologist and Resilience Specialist, learn how...

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When your child doesn’t fit in
When your child doesn’t fit in

When your child doesn’t fit in When your child doesn’t “fit in”, how can you encourage him to embrace his uniqueness?...

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Building Resilience in Children
Building Resilience in Children

Building Resilience in Children It is normal for a child to struggle at certain points in time. This doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with her...

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Self-esteem in children and teenagers
Self-esteem in children and teenagers

Many children seem to feel more powerless and less confident than ever, and under-equipped to handle life’s ups and downs. Read about why, and...

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Parenting concepts

The aim of the site is to share my parenting values and help you understand child development with manageable advice for a happy child.
How not to be Overprotective Parents

How not to be Overprotective Parents

The anxiety can interfere significantly with daily routines, your job, social life etc.

Flexible Parenting and Boundaries

Flexible Parenting and Boundaries

Principles of theory with the interpersonal system of the family, focus of assessment

Parenting Support through Small Changes

Parenting Support through Small Changes

Many things can trigger stress reaction, including danger, threat, news, illness, etc.

Creating a child centred environment

Creating a child centred environment

Loving each other makes it easier to solve the invariable issues that come up daily

Building Resilience in Children

Building Resilience in Children

The most common and dangerous features of low self-esteem is negative self-talk.

Book Reviews

Essential for any parent or practitioner. Have recommend everywhere! Would love to see a similar book for secondary school age children.

Roxanna, Childminder

Great book. I hoped it would help with my son's concentration problems but have also found lots of suggestions for friendship issues my daughter is facing.
Lots of practical advice, have started an action plan for my son. Early days, but there definitely seems to be some improvement already.

Mother from Amersham

This is a 'must have' handbook for anyone involved in child care whether parent, teacher or carer. Written by child psychologists who are parents themselves, the text is concise, informative and easy to read. The reader is shown ways in which to identify and understand problems and how to plan and introduce plans of action to either prevent or cope with specific problems. The strategies are further clarified with the use of case histories and illustrations. Although chapters are devoted to specific problems such as bullying, anxiety etc. I would recommend reading the first chapter to get the best use of the book.

PM Taylor, Grandmother 

Wow. A bible for parents!!

With a seven year old son in Primary school, this book was invaluable reading. A perfect tool to refer back to. What a clever bunch of ladies! Thank you for such a parent bible!!

Amazon customer

Brighter Futures is clear, concise and understandable. It is written by professionals in their fields who are also parents and their warmth and empathy shines through. Practical and useful strategies for a variety of different issues including anxiety, self-esteem, friendship / bullying, anger and school-related stress, enable parents to put theory into practice in a way that is achievable in everyday life. It offers a holistic approach to these different issues which is thought-provoking and which will equip parents and carers with knowledge and understanding to help their children through whatever difficulties they are experiencing and which will also help inform them if they are dealing with external agencies. I would highly recommend this book.

 

Sarah Pitt - Counsellor

This book is superbly written, easy to follow without lots of jargon and is refreshingly up to date with advice for difficulties that children face in today’s world.

Each chapter is written by a practicing Psychologist and contains loads of practical advice, checklists, helpful diagrams and useful phrases to use with little ones to foster happiness and confidence.

The case studies included in the book really bring to life how the suggested techniques and advice can be used and the illustrations are beautiful.

The book can be read as a whole or you can dive in to different sections and read around issues your child might be experiencing or points of interest with ease without needing to have read the rest of the book for context. I don’t doubt that this will be a book that I refer back to often.

With such a wealth of research available about how best to raise happy and confident children it is reassuring to know that tried and tested strategies grounded in Psychological evidence have been pulled together in one book.

I would thoroughly recommend this book to any parent or professional working with young children.

Kam - Father

If you have a question, I’m here…

I CAN'T GIVE ADVICE ON INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN, BUT I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER GENERAL QUERIES.


Buckinghamshire, UK