Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism is a severe anxiety-based disorder where sufferers are unable to speak in select social situations. The disorder usually begins in early childhood and without treatment, can be present throughout life. For those who struggle with Selective Mutism, the expectation to talk can trigger a ‘frozen’ response with feelings of panic, and talking becomes impossible. At Bridges Therapy Centre, we offer child-centred Selective Mutism therapy to help children to move from silence to speech.

Although people with Selective Mutism can sometimes speak freely in more familiar situations, the ‘freeze’ response can be activated by any specific social situations. As the disorder usually starts between the ages of 2 and 4, it is often first noticed when children begin nursery or school, and are interacting with people outside of close family members for the first time.

Selective Mutism is diagnosed if a child meets the following conditions:

·       They do not speak in particular situations

·       At home or when they’re comfortable with a setting, they can speak normally

·       Their inability to speak is not explained by another communication disorder (e.g. stuttering)

·       The difficulties have lasted at least a month longer than their first month as school

·       It is interfering with their social and cognitive development

·       Their failure to speak is not because of a lack of language knowledge.

Affecting around 1 in 140 young children, Selective Mutism is more common in girls, as well as children who have migrated from their birth country and are learning a second language. After a certain amount of time with the disorder, some children learn to anticipate their triggering situations and will actively begin to avoid them.

Identifying and Managing BDD

Our treatment plans for BDD will often include a form of CBT named Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which aims to help individuals to minimise negative thoughts and develop flexible thinking. Considering your specific symptoms, ACT can help to identify the connections between your BDD-associated thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Our therapists will assist you in developing practical skills to manage your symptoms, improving your attitude to your physical appearance and reducing the compulsion to carry out unwanted behaviours.

How We Can Help

Taking into account each individual case of BDD, our caring team will always spend the time to get to know you and your condition during your treatment. This will give us a complete insight into your BDD, enabling us to create a tailor-made therapy plan specifically for your needs. For more information about our comprehensive treatment programmes for Body Dysmorphic Disorder in Hendon, Canary Wharf and Central London, please contact our expert team for an initial consultation.

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